The Israeli military deployed both air and ground troops in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Fox News reported, as the country’s prime minister promises that strikes “will continue as long as necessary” in response to escalating violence.
“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces announced this week, according to Fox.
9K reserve troops
According to Fox’s report, it appears that Israel could be getting ready to launch a full-scale ground attack against Hamas-aligned terrorists in Palestine.
“The Israeli Defense Forces have called up 9,000 reserve troops,” Fox reports. “They’re concerned that moving forward they are going to need the extra help as they prepare for the possibility of a full-scale ground invasion into the Gaza Strip.”
This comes as Hamas continues to fire a large number of rockets into Israel. Fox reports that there was a resurgence of rocket fire after Israel announced that thousands of troops were ready to go.
If Israel does launch a ground invasion, it would mark a change of strategy for the nation, which has largely stuck to airstrikes thus far, according to reports.
The latest on the conflict
The latest conflict between Israel and Palestine began earlier this week, when what some reports described as Palestinian rioters sparred with Israeli police, according to The Daily Wire.
This led to a confrontation between the two nations, one that involved Palestine firing off thousands of rockets targeting its closest neighbor. Israel’s rocket defense system, the Iron Dome, has been able to intercept the majority of the rockets, but some still have gotten through, and deaths and injures have resulted, according to reports.
Thus far, Israel has responded primarily with rocket attacks targeting Hamas strongholds.
“We will continue to win”
As the back and forth continues, there’s no sign that the situation in the Middle East will calm any time soon. Israel, for its part, has indicated that it has no plans on letting up until the threat is neutralized.
“The last word has not been said, and this operation will continue as long as necessary,” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, according to Breitbart.
The IDF put out a statement expressing a similar sentiment, saying in part: “On May 14, 1948, 73 years ago Israel declared independence and was attacked by 6 foreign armies. We won that battle. And we will continue to win.”