Netanyahu’s office has confirmed that Israel has begun a ground invasion into the Gaza strip, reports the Jerusalem Post:
IDF ground forces began to move into the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the prime minister’s office confirmed.
The purpose of the operation was to destroy the Gazan terror tunnels leading to Israel, according to a statement released by the prime minister’s office.
“Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.
Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on Thursday night.
Fox News is also reporting that the power was cut to Gaza as Israeli troops went into the strip.
Note this ground invasion probably began around 10:30 PM local time in Israel. And it’s about dang time.