GAZA CITY, GAZA (FOX) – The fighting continues in Gaza late Friday night.
Explosions and gunfire can be heard throughout the area as Israeli troops push further into the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops took control of ground Hamas is suspected of using for underground tunnels to infiltrate Israel.
"There are no guarantees for total success, but we will do the utmost to achieve the best result. The defense minister and I have instructed the army to prepare for the possibility of significant expansion of the ground operation," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Ground troops exchanged heavy fire with Hamas militants from the north to the south of the Gaza Strip. One Israeli soldier was killed, his death being investigated as a possible friendly fire incident.
Along with the battle on the ground there were strikes from above. The Israeli Air Force hit at least 150 targets in the Gaza Strip.
One of the targets, a television production company, was also hit.
One person was injured in that attack.
So far, nearly 300 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,700 wounded.
At least 40 people were killed since the ground operation was launched last night.
Hamas militants have fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israel since operation "Protective Edge" started 11 days ago. On Friday alone 100 rockets were fired at Israel.
The militant group has attacked Israeli tanks as they advance into the narrow and heavily populated Gaza Strip.
"Netanyahu has made the wrong decision by going into Gaza. The resistance knows how to respond heavily. We know that the occupation will regard this when the resistance will make Gaza a graveyard for them," said Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas official.
So far 66,000 troops have been mobilized for operation Protective Edge.
At this point, military officials say they are staging in areas to the north, south and east of Gaza.
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