Israeli Army Reportedly Prepares For Gaza Ground Invasion

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Posted: May 05, 2019 4:02 PM
Israeli Army Reportedly Prepares For Gaza Ground Invasion

Source: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing a possible invasion of Gaza following a number of attacks from Hamas, according to sources. Hamed Ahmed Abed Khudri, the Hamas commander, was killed during one of Israeli's return fires, the country's military said.

"I instructed the military this morning to continue its massive strikes on terror elements in the Gaza Strip and ordered it to reinforce the troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery and infantry force," Netanyahu said in a statement. "Hamas bears responsibility not only for its own attacks and actions but also those by Islamic Jihad, for which it pays a very high price."

The death toll has risen. As of now, three Israeli men and nine Palestinians, including two pregnant women, have been killed.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The Israelis have every right to defend themselves.

“I’ve seen video that we can’t validate just yet but where there have been strikes on homes, civilian populations. These rockets were fired with civilians around them in order to protect from return fire. This is terrible," Pompeo said during a Sunday interview on Fox News. “I hope that we can return to the ceasefire that had been in place for weeks and had been holding significantly before this.”

The Israel Defense Fund took to Twitter to provide an update to the world: