Gaza: Israeli bombs continued to bleed the Gaza strip, dismissing all the international calls to stop the bombardment and taking the situation to a full-blown war. The reports claimed the strengthening of the Israeli forces on the ground targeting Gaza.
The number of people who died in the Israeli airstrikes in the region rose over 100. Hamas has also been seen sending a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel. A mediation attempt to calm down the situation by Egyptian negotiators is said to have made no effect to that extent.
Meanwhile, four days of cross-border violence showed little sign of respite when Palestinians marked the first day of the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday on Thursday. Reports also noted that the conflict has also spread to the regions where mixed communities of Jews and Arabs live in Israel.
Israel's ground level preparation created a fear of incursion into the Gaza territory as its ground and air forces are attacking targets in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces reportedly confirmed that the troops are on the border and so far has not made any effort to cross the border, suggesting it was not a ground invasion but artillery and tank fire from the border.
Soon after the announcement of the military operation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Twitter at continuing the military operations without setting a date to end it.
The attacks nevertheless marked a significant escalation in the worst bout of fighting in years.
In the early hours of Friday, residents reported illumination of red flames in the sky with deafening blasts from the outskirts of Gaza City.