Israel Invades Gaza Strip

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by WCCB Charlotte

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Israel has invaded the Gaza strip, escalating a 10-day military campaign against Gaza's Hamas rulers.  Another 18,000 reserve soldiers are on standby, waiting for the order to go in.  The operation aims to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing capabilities, and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel.

"Hamas has been an enormous threat to the Israeli people.  I've met with Prime Minister Netanyahu twice in the last eight months, and they want to bring resolution to this tremendous threat," said NC Representative Robert Pittenger.

Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire plan this week.  The Israeli invasion comes after a brief truce earlier Thursday to allow people in Gaza to stock up on food and other supplies.

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