Israel to Expand Gaza Operations

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CBNNews.com - Israeli defense officials say they will likely expand their operation in the Gaza Strip soon to add pressure on Egypt to put a halt to weapons smuggling from their borders into the area.

"The Egyptians understand that they need to deal with the smuggling," a senior official said. "While in public they deny that the weapons come into Gaza through the tunnels, in private they recognize that this is the truth."

Israeli aircraft have been dropping leaflets throughout Gaza warning residents of the expanding operations.

"The IDF will escalate the operation in the Gaza Strip," the leaflets read in Arabic. "The IDF is not working against the people of Gaza but against Hamas and the terrorists only. Stay safe by following our orders."

On Saturday, Israeli Defense Forces were already operating in northern Gaza. An expansion could mean they move deeper into Gaza City, or into southern Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reports.

On Monday, a top Israeli diplomat will travel to Cairo for talks with the Egyptians about the weapons smuggling, which Israel insists must be stopped before it ends the Gaza offensive.

Protests Continue

Meanwhile, protests against Israel continue around the world.

Tens of thousands of people marched in anger Saturday in cities Edinburgh, Scotland; Washington D.C., and Nabatiyeh, Lebanon.

Two people were arrested at a peaceful protest in Los Angeles: one for climbing a power pole, the other for "creating a disturbance."

An estimated 30,000 people marched in Paris. Police report a dozen officers were hurt in a scuffle toward the end and 180 people were arrested.

Sources: Jerusalem Post, The Associated Press

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