WorldViews: When Israel raised the heat on Gaza before, civilian casualties soared

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 18, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, a "new phase" in their ten-day operation against Hamas in Gaza that is guaranteed to escalate hostilities. Israeli officials said the first target of the offensive would be tunnels that allow militants, including fighters loyal to Islamist group Hamas, to infiltrate and launch attacks into Israeli territory. "Hamas terrorists are operating underground and that is where the IDF will meet them," read a statement on the IDF's blog.

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