Israel Invades Gaza

Israel has begun moving ground forces into Gaza, according to Israel Defense Forces spokesmen. The IDF says in a statement that its goal is to take out sites from which Hamas has launched rockets into southern Israel. The assault is intended to “bring about an improved and more stable security situation for residents of Southern Israel over the long term.” The statement adds that “infantry, tanks, engineering forces, artillery and intelligence with the support of the Israel Air Force, Israel navy, Israel Security Agency and other security agencies” have been moved into Gaza. The invasion comes under the cover darkness after airstrikes calmed as daylight waned.