Pics: Israel under fire; School in Ashkelon hit, ground invasion imminent?

http://twitter.com/#!/netanyahu/status/270469197107195904

As Twitchy reported, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that IDF is “prepared for a significant expansion of operations.

Is a ground invasion imminent? Reports seem to indicate that option is on the table; The terrorist organization Hamas shows no signs of stopping.

FLASH: Israel ready for ground invasion of Gaza but prefers diplomatic solution: official close to Netanyahu

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 19, 2012

#ISRAEL – 1000s of #IDF troops, tanks & armoured personnelle vehicles massed along Gaza border fuelling fears of imminent ground offensive

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) November 19, 2012

Israel prepares 75,000 troops for ground assault: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

— Shaimaa(@shai_maa) November 19, 2012

Katie Pavlich: Israel Prepares for Ground War Against Hamas: Over the weekend, more than 400 Hamas rockets came … tinyurl.com/caffl7t

— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 19, 2012

Israel remains under heavy fire.

Photo: Israeli children and parents sleeping in a bomb shelter in Ashkelon yesterday. Photo by Dima Vazinovich twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Heartbreaking. Reporters on the ground provide on-scene reports as well.

I’m in Ashkelon where sirens went off & we heard some loud booms. Ran w/ others into a shelter. Iron Dome apparently worked.

— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 19, 2012

Have seen 5 rockets fired so far today from #Gaza City toward #Israel and have heard a number of explosions throughout the day, 2 just now

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

Rocket from #Gaza City fired just minutes ago while I was live on @cnn. Smoke trail clearly visible behind me. 6th rocket we’ve seen today

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

More rockets fired from #Gaza and reports of air raid sirens in #Ashkelon. Now, sound of call to prayers echo throughout Gaza City

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

Outgoing rockets from #Gaza City moments ago twitter.com/andersoncooper…

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

Multiple explosions about 4 blocks from my location #gaza. Incoming

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

CNN’s @andersoncooper reacts to a nearby explosion in Gaza City while live on CNN w/ @donlemoncnn. cnn.com/video/data/2.0… #cnn

— Don Lemon (@DonLemonCNN) November 19, 2012

The Israeli town of Ashkelon is being hit.

Ashkelon under heavy salvo of Palestinian rockets #Jpost

— Yaakov Lappin (@YaakovLappin) November 19, 2012

IAF strikes 1300 Hamas & PIJ targets across Gaza, including 80 today. Iron dome intercepted 306 Palestinian rockets headed for city centers

— Yaakov Lappin (@YaakovLappin) November 19, 2012

…since start of operation, including 4 rockets intercpeted over Ashdod today.

— Yaakov Lappin (@YaakovLappin) November 19, 2012

A short while ago, a rocket fired from #Gaza hit a house in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. #IsraelUnderFire

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

A short while ago, a rocket fired from #Gaza hit a school in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. School was canceled in morning. #IsraelUnderFire

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

A school. Like Netanyahu said, Hamas targets their children.

The Iron Dome continues to intercept some of the rockets, thankfully.

Israeli soldiers watch as the iron dome intercepts a rocket fired from #Gaza just now. twitter.com/ibnezra/status…

— joseph dana (@ibnezra) November 19, 2012

IDF continues to provide information via Twitter.

Hamas Charter: “#Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it” mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive… #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Think #Hamas is just a political party? Think again. nctc.gov/site/groups/ha… #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Video: Compilation of Palestinian terrorist groups launching rockets from #Gaza into #Israel. All from populated areas. youtube.com/watch?v=pmgrZx…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

.@colrichardkemp: “The use of the civilian population by #Hamas is undoubtedly a war crime” idf.il/1283-17660-en/… #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Targeted overnight in #Gaza: Underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels, training bases, #Hamas command posts&weapon storage facilities

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Also targeted: #Hamas police HQs, several rocket launching squads in the action of firing, buildings owned by chief operatives

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Since the start of Operation #PillarofDefense, the IDF has targeted 1350 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Some numbers from the last 5 days: 546 rockets fired from #Gaza hit #Israel + 302 Iron Dome interceptions = 848 rockets fired at us

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

This is what it looks like after #Hamas fires rockets indiscriminately at a major Israeli city: youtu.be/w-ckkfkviK0 #IsraelUnderFire

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Fact: 100+ rockets fired from #Gaza have crashed back into Gaza in last 5 days. Hamas fires from civilian areas…and hits its own people.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

How long is #15seconds? That’s all some residents of southern #Israel have before the rocket hits. youtube.com/watch?v=gsm-mE…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

We continue to transfer goods & gas to #Gaza. Truckloads entered yesterday. RT if you think more people should know. twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

#Hamas is firing most of its rockets from inside #Gaza City, a densely populated area. #IsraelUnderFire

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 19, 2012

Twitchy will continue to monitor and will provide updates on any further developments.

Related:

Israel under fire: Iron Dome intercepts more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv, rocket falls near kindergarten; Update: Netanyahu: IDF prepared for ‘significant expansion of operations’

Israel under fire: Hamas rocket targeting Tel Aviv intercepted by Iron Dome

Israel under fire: Sirens wail as Hamas rocket lands outside Jerusalem

Terrifying: Twitter users in Tel Aviv report sirens, loud explosion as Hamas fires rockets; Update: IDF says no rockets hit

Heartbreaking, awful photo: Netanyahu tweets ‘Hamas deliberately targets our children’; Rocket attack strikes Tel Aviv ; Update: Reports that no rocket landed inside city; Update: Holon hit? Airport closed

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