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Israel says it has sent ground troops to Gaza

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -

The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.

The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas attacks, it has "initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip."

The army says the objective is to strike a "significant blow to Hamas' terror infrastructure."

The Israeli cabinet has delayed its meeting until 11:00 am local time Friday morning where they'll be discussing whether or not they can accept the terms of a proposed ceasefire, and also whether or not they want to accept the ceasefire before the Israeli Army has done one of the main tasks it has set for itself, which is to destroy most of the tunnels Hamas has built leading from Gaza to Israel.

The Israeli representative, Palestinians and Egyptians meeting in Cairo to thrash out the last details.

"The goal of our operation is to protect our people, to end the rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli cities. If that goal can be achieved diplomatically that would be good," said Mark Regev, Israeli government spokesman.

The five-hour humanitarian ceasefire during which Israel stopped shelling Gaza and Hamas stopped shelling Israel gave Palestinians in Gaza time to stock up on food and water, have a look around and get some fresh air after a terrible ten days of Israeli bombardment.

After the end of the humanitarian ceasefire, shelling did resume. Hamas fired more than a hundred rockets into Israel and Israel shelled targets in Gaza, killing three children.

NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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