An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City, on July 17, 2014
An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City, on July 17, 2014 © Thomas Coex - AFP
An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City, on July 17, 2014
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Last updated: July 18, 2014

Israel PM defends use of troops to hit Gaza tunnels

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that air strikes alone could not deal a sufficient blow to the militant tunnels riddling Gaza, so a ground assault was needed.

"Last night our forces began a ground operation to hit the terror tunnels crossing from Gaza into Israel's territory," he told a special cabinet session, broadcast live on television.

"It is not possible to deal with the tunnels only from the air."

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