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Israel launches more strikes on Gaza as fears of a ground invasion grow

May 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BEIT LAHIA, GAZA - MAY 13: Palestinian civil defense teams take part in rescue works at the rubbles of a building belonging to a Palestinian family after Israeli fighter jets conducted airstrikes in Beit Lahia, Gaza on May 13, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Israeli military directed heavy artillery fire and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza overnight into Friday, as fears grew that a ground invasion of the territory could be launched to quell rocket fire from Palestinian militants.

Jerusalem and Gaza (CNN)The Israeli military directed heavy artillery fire and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza overnight into Friday, as fears grew that a ground invasion of the territory could be launched to quell rocket fire from Palestinian militants.

One Israeli woman died overnight after she fell as she was running to a shelter, the Israeli military said Friday, making her the eighth Israeli to die since the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian militants began exchanging fire on Monday.

An army tweet, which said simply "IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip" -- which coincided with the start of a sustained new round of artillery and airstrikes -- led many news organizations to report that a ground war, much-discussed in Israeli media on Thursday, was underway.

At a media briefing later Friday, Conricus said the Israeli military was prepared for "various contingencies" and would continue firing on military targets in Gaza while defending Israeli civilians against rockets.

Overnight Thursday into Friday, more than 160 Israeli Air Force, infantry, artillery and armored units from 12 different squadrons attacked about 150 targets in underground infrastructure in northern Gaza, the IDF said.

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