Israel sends troops into Gaza, raising stakes in Hamas fight

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By Dion Nissenbaum
McClatchy Newspapers

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military sent its first ground troops into the Gaza Strip Saturday night as helicopters, tanks, artillery and soldiers launched the more dangerous phase of the nation’s attempt to destabilize the Hamas leaders.

Israeli military officials said the ground forces would try to sweep into the northern Gaza Strip to seize control of open fields, orchards and border areas that have been used regularly by Palestinian militants to fire rockets into southern Israel.


via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 01/03/2009 | Israel sends troops into Gaza, raising stakes in Hamas fight.


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