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Gaza ground invasion looks likely as weather clears

Posted By admin On January 1, 2009 @ 5:59 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Tim Butcher
London Telegraph [1]
Thursday, January 1, 2009

After two days of rain and cloud cover which made the use of tanks and armoured infantry difficult, the skies over the Gaza Strip cleared today.

Israel’s security cabinet of Ehud Olmert, prime minister, Ehud Barak, defence minister, and Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister, were due to meet to decide on the next stage of Operation Cast Lead.

Since the attacks began last Saturday, a total of 450 targets have been struck by guided bombs and missiles. But with the number of potential targets now declining the cabinet will need to decide whether to keep up pressure on Hamas by sending in Israeli ground forces.

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An Israeli security source said: “There is a strong sense that for the first time Hamas is on the back foot and the decision must be taken on how to push through our advantage.”

Any ground operation is expected to lead to a surge in the number of civilian Palestinian casualties.

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[1] London Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/4059586/Gaza-ground-invasion-looks-likely-as-weather-clears.html

[2] Day 8 of Gaza campaign: Bush clears way for Israeli ground operation, updates Obama: http://www.prisonplanet.com/day-8-of-gaza-campaign-bush-clears-way-for-israeli-ground-operation-updates-obama.html

[3] Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza Imminent: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-ground-invasion-of-gaza-imminent.html

[4] Israel at “Highest State of Readiness” for Gaza Ground Invasion: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-at-%e2%80%9chighest-state-of-readiness%e2%80%9d-for-gaza-ground-invasion.html

[5] Israel at “Highest State of Readiness” for Gaza Ground Invasion: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-at-%e2%80%9chighest-state-of-readiness%e2%80%9d-for-gaza-ground-invasion-2.html

[6] The Invasion of Gaza: “Operation Cast Lead”, Part of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence Agenda: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-invasion-of-gaza-operation-cast-lead-part-of-a-broader-israeli-military-intelligence-agenda.html

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