Even before the truce was agreed to, some on the Israeli side were not optimistic about it, chief stating in May 2008 that a ground incursion into Gaza was unavoidable and would more effectively quell arms smuggling and pressure Hamas into relinquishing power.
On August 14, 2009, Hamas fighters stormed the Mosque of cleric.
We reached the tank, and a terrified soldier came out of the turret and surrendered.
At least 600 Palestinians died in fighting between Hamas and Fatah.
Israel said that Hamas militants had launched a rocket from a yard adjacent to the school and one mortar of three rounds hit the school, due to a error.
Overhead, an Israeli plane picked up their conversation and relayed it to an Israeli command post.