Israeli military expands ground operations as US continues to push for pause

Israeli military expands ground operations as US continues to push for pause

TEL AVIV — The Israeli military expanded its ground raids and intensified its airstrikes in Gaza during a communications blackout in the Gaza Strip Friday evening, its largest operation yet ahead of an expected invasion intended to end 16 years of Hamas rule.

With tanks, artillery and tens of thousands of troops massing on the border of the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said Friday that they were moving closer to launching a major ground invasion in response to the attacks on 7 October, which could take months, expose soldiers to dangerous urban warfare and increase the already rising number of civilian deaths.

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