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Israeli armored vehicles mass near Gaza
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
GAZA (Reuters) - Dozens of Israeli armored vehicles massed at the border with Gaza on Tuesday and a military spokesman ordered Palestinians to evacuate an area close to the frontier with Egypt, witnesses said.
Egypt’s 5,000-Strong Sinai Increment – Now You See It, Now You Don’t
During the weeks of Israel’s military operations to uncover Palestinian arms smuggling tunnels from Sinai into Gaza, Washington quietly sent over a military delegation of counter-terror experts to take a look at the situation on the Egyptian-Gaza and Egyptian-Israeli borders.
Their first task was to find out how vast quantities of smuggled Palestinian weapons and explosives, including anti-tank and anti-air missiles, were being slipped unnoticed into the Gaza Strip through tunnels burrowed under the feet of Egyptian border and security police.
Israel launches major Gaza raid
Eight Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in heavy clashes in the northern Gaza Strip.
In one of Israel's biggest raids into Gaza in recent months, troops carried out three air strikes and moved to encircle the town of Beit Hanoun.