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Reporters Caught In The Middle As Israel Invades Gaza

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International journalists are gathered outside an hotel following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on July 17, 2014. Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza late Thursday on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. At least 240 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes since July 8, many of them children, medics in Gaza said, with a NGO based in the coastal enclave saying 80 percent of the deaths are civilians. AFP PHOTO | THOMAS COEX via Getty Images

Journalists in Gaza faced a frightening situation on Thursday when they found themselves in the midst of an Israeli invasion of the territory.

Some reporters said they had been told to evacuate from their beachfront hotels. The apparent warnings came one day after many journalists witnessed an Israeli strike that killed four children near where they were staying.

Agence France Presse reporter Sara Hussein tweeted that she had been told her hotel was safe. But she added did not hold out much hope:

Nobody could tell how long the Israeli incursion would take, or what they were supposed to do if they could not stay in their hotels.

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