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Inside Gaza: Constant Airstrikes And Shelling
The sound of airstrikes from above and artillery fire from the sea is constant in the Gaza Strip after Israel launched a major ground offensive, Sky's Sherine Tadros reports from inside the Palestinian territory.
More than 100 targets were hit in the first 10 hours of the assault - which Israeli authorities say is aimed at Hamas and other groups who have been firing rockets at Israel - and Palestinians fear this could be "just the beginning of the ground assault".
Tadros said smokescreens were visible in northern Gaza, indicating that Israeli tanks could be as far inland as 3-4 miles (5-7km).
"We've also been seeing Palestinian rocket fire coming from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, so that is clearly also continuing," she said.
"Palestinian fighters are trying to make the point they are still here and they are still fighting."
The Israeli military spent the early hours of the assault moving through the buffer zone along the Israel-Gaza border, Tadros said.
The Israeli authorities said they were clearing tunnels that they claim Palestinian militants use to try to infiltrate Israel.
"Israel says it is targeting terror tunnels but Palestinians really don't know what that means," Tadros said.
Overnight, power outages across the Gaza Strip left many areas in darkness.
"It started in the northern part about 20 minutes or so before we heard the ground operation was under way," Tadros said.
She said flares fired from the Israeli side of the border were used to light up parts of the territory - a move that was then followed by renewed artillery fire or guided missile strikes.