Israel prepares for possible invasion of Gaza

Israel prepares for possible invasion of Gaza

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation can't tolerate bombs landing on Israeli towns and villages. (Source: FOX) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation can't tolerate bombs landing on Israeli towns and villages. (Source: FOX)

JERUSALEM (FOX) - Thousands of Israeli troops are on the border with Gaza preparing for a possible ground mission into the area.

Israel's defense forces hit hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as Israelis continue to be targeted by Hamas rockets.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations says the latest violence was sparked by Hamas.

Arab nations are pushing for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council and an end to Israel's offensive.

Some of the youngest Israelis are caught up in the ongoing violence.

One neo-natal intensive care unit sits empty after pre-mature babies were moved to an improvised facility in a nearby shelter.

Then there is heartache in Gaza where some Palestinian children suffered a different fate.

Family members are mourning kids killed in airstrikes.

The death toll is rising as Israel ramps up its operation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Israeli Defense Forces are hitting militant targets as the Iron Dome defense system shoots down rockets fired into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting a military base as the country prepares for a possible ground invasion.

He says Israeli forces are ready for any situation.

"We will not tolerate fire on our towns and cities and our children,  and Hamas will pay a heavy price," Netanyahu said.

In the meantime, the Palestinian government appears ready for peace talks.

President Mahmoud Abbas says he's contacted his Egyptian counterpart about restoring a cease-fire agreement brokered by the country two years ago.

"A political solution as (the Israelis) see it might be impossible, but despite this, we will negotiate," Abbas said.

The United States is closely monitoring the ongoing violence.

"It's important at this point in time to see if all sides can take steps to deescalate," said U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.

An Israeli intelligence officer says he believes Israel will eventually have to recapture Gaza and root out Hamas militants before turning control over to the Palestinian Authority.

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