Israel has sent reinforcements to the Gaza Strip border. Ground troops gathered at the border security fence, and tanks fired at targets in the coastal Palestinian enclave.
Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in recent days. An army spokesman says preparations are underway for “different scenarios”. He called a ground offensive “a scenario”.
Violence between Israelis and Palestinians has claimed the lives of civilians on both sides of the border in recent days. The Palestinian authorities reported 83 deaths, including 17 children. More than 480 people were also injured.
At least seven people were killed in Israel, including a six-year-old child. The army says a missile from the Gaza Strip hit the boy’s house. In total, militant Palestinians are said to have fired more than 1,600 rockets in a few days.