Israel Pulls Most Troops From Gaza
Most of tunnel network is destroyed, says Israeli spokesman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 3, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.    (Dusan Vranic)

(Newser) – Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip today in an apparent winding down of the nearly month-long operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead. Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy fighting raged in parts of Gaza, with at least 10 people killed in what UN and Palestinian officials said was an Israeli airstrike near a UN shelter. The US lashed out at Israel, saying it was "appalled" by the "disgraceful" attack. And with Hamas officials vowing to continue their fight, it remained uncertain whether Israel could unilaterally end the war. (CNN reports that Israel has announced a 7-hour ceasefire, but Hamas has not agreed to it.)

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, confirmed the bulk of ground troops had been pulled out of Gaza after the military concluded it had destroyed most of the tunnel network. He said Israel had detected some 30 tunnels that were dug along the border for what he called a "synchronized attack" on Israel. "We've caused substantial damage to this network to an extent where we've basically taken this huge threat and made it minimal," he said. The army had thousands of troops in Gaza at the height of the operation. Click for more.

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Model Citizen
Aug 4, 2014 9:03 AM CDT
Israel needs to honor the UN Peace Treaty they signed in 1948! Israel is kidnapping Palestinian children so they can demolish their houses when their parents leave to find their children. Israel is the ONLY country that uses computerized machine guns to kill children looking for food in a landfill that unknowingly get within an arbitrary distance of "their" border. Israel: We exist so we can show the world that we can be worse and more sadistic than the Nazis. Israel: Tell us what we want to know or we'll pee on a burlap bag, tie it over your head and blast white-noise at you until you go insane.
Chris Farley
Aug 4, 2014 6:50 AM CDT
Constant use of the 1800 Pali's dead, and 60 Isrealis. The question is how many civilians on both sides. How many Hamas fighters are in that 1800
Chris Farley
Aug 4, 2014 6:22 AM CDT
Good. But what do you want to bet the IDF makes a mistake and hits a school or shelter on the way out.