GAZA STRIP: The ground war begins
Israeli tanks and troops began moving into the Gaza Strip under cover of darkness around 9 p.m. local time -- 11 a.m. Pacific.
Reliable information from on the ground in Gaza is almost impossible to come by right now, but there are unconfirmed reports of fierce clashes between Israeli soldiers and Gazan militant fighters.
Our special correspondent Rushdi Abu Alouf reports that the Israelis have punched in from two directions, in the north near the Eretz border crossing and in central Gaza near the Jabalia refugee camp.
-- Ashraf Khalil in Jerusalem
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