What a Ground War in Gaza Could Look Like
The IDF has already pummeled the Gaza Strip with airstrikes
Israeli troops are massing around the Gaza Strip, poised for a ground invasion that could involve heavy urban combat in the densely populated territory. The buildup of force comes after attackers from the militant group Hamas, which controls the enclave, crossed into southern Israel, killing at least 1,400 people and taking more than 200 hostages.
The Israel Defense Forces have already pummeled the Strip with airstrikes, killing more than 3,000 Palestinians, according to Palestinian officials.
Israel withdrew troops from Gaza in 2005. In 2008 and 2014, Israeli forces entered the territory in multiweek campaigns that Israel said were aimed at impeding Hamas’s capabilities.
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