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MID: Israeli tanks enter southern Gaza's largest city: witnesses

06 Jan 2009 3:32 PM

GAZA CITY, Jan 6 AFP - Israeli tanks rolled into Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip, just before dawn on Tuesday, witnesses said.

The tanks, supported by helicopter gunships, were firing heavy machine guns and cannons, and were being met by return fire from Hamas and other groups, the sources added.

The incursion into the eastern district of Abassan was the first time Israeli forces have entered the Hamas stronghold since ground forces invaded the territory after nightfall on Saturday.