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Escalating Tensions in Gaza: Signs Point to Imminent Ground Invasion

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have significantly escalated airstrikes in preparation for the next phase of their operation in Gaza, potentially indicating an impending ground invasion. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari stated that they are seeking to enter under the best conditions and are increasing strikes while minimizing risks to their forces. An aid convoy of 20 large trucks was allowed into Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt, though there has been controversy regarding whether the convoy was inspected before entry. Concerns are rising that Hezbollah may become more involved in the conflict if the IDF launches a ground assault on Gaza. This has raised tensions in the region, with US and Chinese warships also present, potentially further complicating the situation. The Biden administration has reportedly advised Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to delay the invasion to allow more time for negotiations regarding hostages.

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