Mission to strike at terrorist tunnels after 10 days of airstrikes.
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Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip Thursday evening to launch a ground offensive against Hamas terrorists who had unleashed a blistering tirade of rockets into Israel following a five-hour cease-fire requested by the United Nations for humanitarian purposes.
Hamas reportedly fired more than 100 rockets as soon as the cease-fire ended at 3 p.m. The Israeli military said two homes were damaged in the fusillade, 10 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the others landed in open areas.
In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, 1980s action-film and TV icon Chuck Norris has issued an endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Israel does not directly elect its prime minister, but a nominee, generally from the majority party, is named by the president and submitted for approval from the Knesset. Netanyahu is head of the current majority party Likud.
Norris has become something of a popular culture icon in recent years and recently returned to the big screen last year's "The Expendables 2."