At 10:45 PM:
IDF AnnouncementLocation : Tel Aviv
Expansion of Operation Protective Edge
Following ten days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeatedrejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the Israel Defense Forces(IDF) has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip.
The IDF's objective as defined by the Israeli government is to establish areality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security withoutcontinues indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas'terror infrastructure.
This stage of operation "Protective Edge", led by the IDF's SouthernCommand, will include close coordination between IDF units includinginfantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery, and intelligencecombined with aerial and naval support. This effort will also be supportedby the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and other intelligence organizations.
In the face of Hamas' tactics to leverage civilian casualties in pursuit ofits terrorist goals, the IDF will continue in its unprecedented efforts tolimit civilian harm.
The IDF will operate resolutely to defend the State of Israel conductingitself with professionalism, a strict moral code of conduct and a deeprespect for the sanctity of human life.