Israeli tanks rolled into northern Gaza on Thursday night and naval gunboats pounded targets in the south as Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza. Israel said its actions were taken after Hamas militants continued showering Israeli cities with rockets. Hamas said the rocket attacks were in retaliation of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which has left more than 230 Gazans dead, including many women and children.
Israel said the incursion was a limited one focused on tunnels into Israeli territory, and was not intended to topple the Hamas government in Gaza.
Photo credit: Israli tank in Gaza, 17 July 2014. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters/NYTimes)