Israeli Troops Amassing And Moving Toward Gaza Border

Gaza Israeli Israel City

Earlier today Haaretz reported that air raid sirens have warned Tel Aviv residents and rockets have hit the city of Holon to the south.

The Associated Press now reports that Israel is amassing ground troops near the Gaza border, suggesting an escalation to the air raids in the area.

The development follows a report that the Israel activated 30,000 reserve troops to aid in a possible Gaza invasion.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) says it has refitted the rules of engagement for Gaza and escalated its bombing campaign which is reportedly targeting 70 sites in Gaza. Palestinians about some 20 wounded.

From Times of Israel:

The Israeli Air Force has launched a number of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. Sources in Gaza report via Twitter as many as eight or nine large explosions...

Darkness engulfs the Gaza Strip as power outages are reported, particularly in Gaza City, in the wake of the IAF airstrikes. Video images from Israel’s Channel 2 show the Strip blanketed in black, interrupted by occasional explosions.

Israeli police confirmed that two missiles fired at Tel Aviv area landed in open areas, which marks the northernmost point struck by a rocket since Israel's Gaza offensive began on Wednesday. The BBC tweeted this map detailing the range of Hamas rockets.

A strike on Tel Aviv would be the first time Gaza rocket squads have reached the city, which would mark a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict, The Telegraph notes.

In the last hour, the Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down seven rockets, out of seven attempts, over Beersheba in central Israel, though reports are that the Iron Dome is only accurate up to 80 percent ( via ).

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