Israel tanks near Gaza border as troops deployed

Israel tanks have been pictured near the border of Gaza, as ground troops were deployed inside the strip to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Israel:

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The waiting game. Israeli tanks parked close to gaza border. Will they or won't they? http://t.co/MeJUOZigLr

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