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Israel Launches Major Ground Offensive Against Hamas in Gaza

Campaign may expand, prime minister warns; US calls on Israel to ‘redouble efforts’ to protect civilians; rocket barrage shot down over Tel Aviv; Ceasefire efforts ongoing in Egypt

The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Thursday, the tenth day of Operation Protective Edge. Ceasefire efforts seem to be gathering pace — with Israeli, PA and other delegations in Cairo — even as Hamas spokesmen insist there will be no compromising on its demands, and Israel vows that this conflict can only end with longterm calm restored for Israel. Overnight, Hamas gunmen are killed emerging from a tunnel into Israel; then a five-hour humanitarian timeout is immediately followed by more rocket fire. (Wednesday’s liveblog is here.) Remember, you can also follow @TOIAlerts on Twitter — we’re live-tweeting all the updates there as well.