Israel ramps up Gaza campaign

Troop drive ‘bound to fail,’ says Hamas political chief

Posted: July 19, 2014 at 2:59 a.m.

Israeli tanks roll near the Gaza border Friday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the military to prepare for a “significant expansion” of the ground offensive against Hamas.

Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign.

Vapor trails from multiple Hamas rockets linger in the sky over northern Gaza on Friday.

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