Israeli paratroopers walk a dirt road on their way to a Lebanese village during the Second Lebanon War, Aug. 12, 2006
Israeli paratroopers walk a dirt road on their way to a Lebanese village during the Second Lebanon War, Aug. 12, 2006

The Israeli military has deployed ground troops to attack in Gaza amid ongoing conflict in the region.

“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted.

“There are ground troops in Gaza,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

Israeli troops are moving into Gaza from the north, bombing first and entering with tanks, according to people in Gaza.

Israel’s military didn’t give more details about the operation, but some 3,000 to 4,000 troops have been amassed on the border in recent days, military officials have said.

It isn’t immediately clear how big the ground operation is, but this is believed to be the first time since the 2014 war that Israeli troops have entered Gaza to fight.

“I said we’d exact a steep price from Hamas, and that’s what we’re doing…The last word has not been said and this operation will continue for as long as it’s necessary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter early Friday.