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Israel sends ground troops into Gaza

Israeli troops entered Gaza Sunday morning to attack a missile launching site, marking the most extreme escalation yet in the nation's conflict with Palestine. The Israeli military said there was "an exchange of fire" but that all of its troops returned across the border alive.

The brief ground incursion, combined with Israel's decision to station tanks and troops along Gaza's border, stoked fears of an even wider military campaign. The United Nations on Saturday called for a cease-fire, though both sides ignored the plea.

Some 160 Palestinians have died in the conflict so far; an Israeli air strike Saturday night killed at least 18 as they left a mosque.