Israel PM: ground assault needed to hit Gaza tunnels
Palestinians help an injured colleague to leave a building hit by an Israeli air strike - AFP

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that air strikes alone could not deal a sufficient blow to the militant tunnels riddling Gaza, so a ground assault was needed.

“Last night our forces began a ground operation to hit the terror tunnels crossing from Gaza into Israel’s territory,” he told a special cabinet session, broadcast live on television.

“It is not possible to deal with the tunnels only from the air.”

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