They had been massing at the border between Gaza and Israel ….
They have now entered with artillery, tanks and war planes ….
All this at end of the Muslim Holiday and with over 200 rickets fired into Israel….
The fighting has also affected Israel and Gaza residents…
Just after midnight, the Israeli military announced that air and ground forces had joined in an attack on Gaza, but a military spokeswoman did not detail the number or type of troops that had crossed the border.
For most of Thursday, the air war between Israelis and Palestinians had raged unabated with casualties continuing to climb on both sides amid rocket fire and airstrikes.
Here’s what to know:
- Israeli forces have entered Gaza, according to the Israeli military, but the number and type are unclear.
- Hamas has fired more than 200 rockets at Israel since Wednesday night.
- Gazans awakened on a usually joyous Eid al-Fitr holiday to devastation caused by Israeli airstrikes.
- Unrest has broken out in towns across Israel as bands of Jewish and Arab citizens clash.
Violence also continued to spread within Israel as officials braced for a fourth night of street unrest that has seen Arab Israelis and right-wing Jewish Israelis fight one another in towns across the country. Israeli politicians from across the ideological spectrum condemned attacks by “vigilantes” from both sides, and commentators warned that the communal upheaval may be harder to stop than the military conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group, which governs Gaza.
Soon after sunset on Thursday, clashes between Jewish and Arab Israelis had resumed in several cities….