Israel masses troops along Gaza border

Israel masses troops along Gaza border

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Tanks are a part of Israel's buildup along the border with Gaza. (Source: FOX) Tanks are a part of Israel's buildup along the border with Gaza. (Source: FOX)

JERUSALEM (FOX) - Israeli forces continue to mass near the Gaza border preparing for a possible ground invasion.

Some 20,000 reservists have been called up bracing for what could be a bloody confrontation.

In the last three days there have been over 800 Israeli airstrikes that have dropped more than 400 tons of explosives on Gaza.

At least 87 Gaza residents have been killed.

Palestinian officials say more than half of the fatalities are civilians, mostly women and children.

The wounded number 600.

"We are doing everything possible not to hurt civilians. And if there are any innocents that are hurt, it's because Hamas hides behind Palestinian civilians," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

For the first time since the current conflict got underway there have been Israeli casualties.

Two soldiers at a base near the Gaza border were lightly and moderately wounded by mortar fire.

Meanwhile much of Israel endured more than 120 rocket attacks on Thursday.

In the city of Ashdod, about 15 miles from the Gaza border, a rocket set a car on fire but no one was injured.

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem also came under attack.

The U.N. Security Council convened an emergency meeting to try and resolve the conflict.

The Palestinian representative demanded intervention.

"The council must bear its responsibilities. It must act to protect the civilian lives, de-escalate the current crisis, and salvage the prospect for peace and security in our troubled region," said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian observer to U.N.

Israel's U.N. ambassador played the Council the warning siren for a rocket attack to demonstrate what Israelis endure.

"Fifteen seconds. That's how much time you have to run for your life. Imagine having only 15 seconds to find a bomb shelter," said Ron Prosor, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.

Despite the escalating violence, Israel on Thursday allowed some 200 trucks carrying food, fuel, and other vital supplies to enter Gaza.

It's an effort to try and avert a humanitarian crisis, especially if Israel launches a ground invasion.

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