Witnesses said about 50 tanks, backed by bulldozers, pushed further into Gaza, taking up positions near Rafah. The Israeli military said it carried out air strikes on militant targets, including a group which it said was trying to launch an anti-tank rocket.
Israel began its Gaza operations after the capture of a soldier on 25 June. Cpl Gilad Shalit, 19, was captured in a cross border raid by Palestinian militants. In the latest Israeli air strikes, a number of those killed were Palestinian militants, Palestinian security sources said.
Reports suggest that two civilians, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed and 25 people injured. The Israeli military confirmed that an operation in south Gaza was under way. It said a missile was fired after militants targeted its troops with a rocket propelled grenade. Earlier, an Israeli man in the coastal city of Ashkelon was injured by a Qassam rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
More than 140 Palestinians, many civilians, have been killed since Israel's Gaza operations began. On Wednesday UN officials renewed warnings of a humanitarian crisis in the territory, which is suffering food, water and electricity shortages as well as repeated Israeli incursions, air strikes and shelling. Israel says it needs to target civilian areas because that is where Palestinian militants, who regularly fire rockets into Israel, are based.
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