GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli ground forces crossed the Gaza border in an expansion of Israel's week-old offensive against Hamas, Israel's military confirmed Saturday.
Israeli TV channels broadcast images of troops marching into Gaza after nightfall. NBC News reported that Israeli troops were taking some fire as they moved forward.
Artillery units had joined Israel's Gaza offensive for the first time Saturday, while warplanes and gunboats pounded more than 40 Hamas targets and a mosque where 10 people were killed.
It's clear that international leadership, particularly from the United States, is required to help sort out this ugly mess. And it's similarly clear that none is forthcoming from the Bush Administration.