Israel authorizes another call up of 18,000 reserve troops as Gaza offensives continues
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/18/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The Israeli military has pushed deeper into the Gaza strip, destroying rocket launching sites and tunnels and clashing with Palestinian fighters.
Israeli troops have pushed into the Gaza strip in an attempt to target and weaken Hamas militants.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Israel began this military operation on July 17, in an attempt to weaken Hamas enclaves in the region, following more than 2,000 airstrikes into the area that have failed to stop Hamas rocket fire onto Israeli cities.
Further escalation has come as Israel said it was calling up 18,000 miltary reservists, adding to the already large pool of 30,000 that have been mobilized thus far.
On July 18, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the army was to "prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation."
"We don't want to kill civilians, but Hamas is a terrorist organization that hides behind human shields," he said. Netanyahu explained that the stated objectives of the Israeli military is to destroy tunnels and launching sites.
The overall death toll in this 11-day-old conflict has risen to at least 275 Palestinian deaths, and two Israeli deaths.
Regaurdless of numerous military victories, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Hamas was not afraid.
"The ground offensive does not scare us, and we pledge to drown the occupation army in Gaza mud."
Of the two Israeli casualties, one was a soldier killed in the northern Gaza Strip, and the other was an Israeli civilian who was handing out food to soldiers near the border, who was killed on July 15.
Israeli public is strongly in favor of the offensive after days of rocket fire from Gaza and years of Israelis living under the fear of rocket attacks. Gaza militants have fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israeli in the past 11 days.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MARCH 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians. That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
Now that Mosul, Iraq is mostly cleared of ISIS' presence, many Christians are attempting to return to their homes. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading
Christians in ancient Jerusalem were forced to flee invading Persian forces and many fell to invader swords - but what did they leave ... continue reading
A mass grave was discovered in Mosul, Iraq, containing 24 bodies - most of which were children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Iraqi ... continue reading
<i>Warning: The following article contains graphic depictions of violence that readers may find disturbing.</i> Aleppo, Syria ... continue reading
A group of journalists and members from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) went to the Nineveh Plains for the first time since ISIS blew ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Implant allows paralyzed man to move arm using his thoughts HD Video
- Daily Reading for Friday, March 31st, 2017 HD Video
- 'Living Lent': Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent - Day 30
- St. Peter Regulatus: Saint of the Day for Thursday, March 30, 2017
- Was Jesus' portrait minted on ancient coins?
- Christian student suspended for arguing with Muslim teacher - ...
- Daily Readings for Thursday, March 30, 2017
- Daily Reading for Thursday, March 30th, 2017 HD
- Cause of California's drought is revealed HD
- Pope Francis' important message for children HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.