As it happened: Israel's Gaza ground offensive

Key points

  • The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip
  • It comes after a five-hour humanitarian truce between the two sides ended on Thursday
  • Israel describes the move as a response to Hamas rocket fire. Hamas warns ground operation will have "dreadful consequences"
  • Some 230 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in the nine days since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge on 8 July
  • Israel calls up another 18,000 reserve soldiers, bringing the total number of reservists called in since 8 July to 65,000
  • All times in GMT.

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  • Mohamed Madi 
  • Sitala Peek 
  • Amber Dawson 

Last updated 17 July 2014

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