Smoke Billows Over Gaza After Israeli Airstrike Explosion

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An explosion rocked the Gaza Strip, Thursday, May 13, as Israel, continuing its military offensive, attacked a target it says was used by Palestinian militants. ————————— READ MORE: Israel’s military commanders have drafted a battle plan for an incursion into Gaza and planned to submit it to military chiefs later Thursday, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces has confirmed. IDF spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told local media in a briefing that preparations for the possibility of a ground incursion are under way. The IDF has deployed additional ground troops — from the Paratroopers Brigade, Golani Infantry Brigade and 7th Armored Brigade — to the Gaza border, along with tanks and armored personnel carriers. The decision on whether to invade the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas group, is up to the Israeli government but if the go-ahead is given, it would mark the first incursion into the territory since Israel invaded in 2014. The Israeli military and Palestinian Hamas fighters continued fierce exchanges of rocket fire overnight Wednesday while Israeli cities saw a fresh wave of riots, which led to 400 arrests, say Israeli authorities. Hamas militants launched a string of rocket attacks Thursday at Israel after one of the Palestinian group's most senior commanders in Gaza, Bassem Issa, was killed in an Israeli airstrike. ————————— LINK: https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/israel-prepares-battle-plan-gaza-incursion
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