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Israel launches a "cleansing" of Gaza

January 5 2009

On Monday, Israeli troops reached the milestones outlined in the Gaza Strip and begin the next phase of ground operations - cleaning the territory from Palestinian militants and the terrorist infrastructure. "

The purpose of the invasion began on Saturday stated that the capture of the areas where Palestinian militants fire rockets Israel and dismantle terrorist infrastructure in the area of operation. According to the Yediot Ahronot ", for the first day of the offensive military occupied territory from which militants released more than 70% of the rockets. Today, the military counted five missile launches by militants. Information on casualties and damage have been reported yet, the newspaper Yediot Ahronot. "

Meanwhile, the main fighting was going in the north, who, along with the city of Gaza was cut off during the Israeli offensive on the rest of the enclave. During the previous night, Israeli losses were six people wounded. From the start of ground operations, was killed one soldier and more than 30 injured. The Palestinians say dozens of dead and wounded among the civilian population. Accurate data on losses militants there, the press service of the Israeli army since the beginning of the operation said dozens of "armed activists of Hamas, killed or wounded in the clashes.

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