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A misleading statement tweeted by the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday night appears to have been a decoy intended to lure Hamas troops into strategic tunnels that were later bombarded by the Israeli army. The IDF tweet gave the impression that troops had entered Gaza, leading global media outlets to report about a ground incursion, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad, seeing those reports, sent their first line of defense into the tunnels to start taking up positions, the Jerusalem Post reported. “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the tweet in English read, leading many outlets to believe ground troops were operating in the enclave… Following the international media reports about an incursion, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent militants armed with anti-tank missiles and mortars into the tunnels to prepare for a ground invasion that never came, the Jerusalem Post reported. Once they emerged from the tunnels, they were exposed to the swarm of Israeli jets that launched the massive attack, according to the newspaper, which noted that the number of terrorists killed was still unclear.

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