The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has brought up thousands of soldiers and heavy machinery for a possible ground offensive in response to over 300 rocket attacks that were fired against Israel from Gaza.
“Benny Gantz, Israel’s Defense Minister, approved the movement of 5,000 troops on Tuesday as preparation for an offensive into Gaza, in response to the attacks against Israel citizens which did not cease,” according to the Jerusalem Post. “The Israeli military struck over 130 locations overnight on Monday, after 250 rockets were fired at the nation since afternoon Monday, hurting 31 people.”
Anna Ahronheim, The Jerusalem Post’s Defense Correspondent, published a photo of Israel moving a Merkava 4 tank to the front, saying: “The buildup of machinery is in the south. Speaking to troops and the feeling is the IDF must hit Gaza hard.”
In a followup tweet, Ahronheim said that the soldiers she spoke to said they didn’t want to enter Gaza, but if they were called on, they would. The IDF said it would “act to restore security” and that “all commands must move for the expansion, with no time limit.”
Israel’s missile defense system shot down over 90% of the rockets fired at Israel, but some did evade the system and hit civilian locations, wounding dozens based on reports. IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman reported that around a third of the rockets ended up landing inside Gaza itself.