For the past few days, Israel and Palestine are involved in deadly clashes with airstrikes and rockets being fired from both sides. Over 100 Palestinians, including 27 children, have died. In Israel, seven people have been killed since Monday, including a six-year-old, after a rocket struck a family home.
Amid the ongoing clashes, the Israeli Defense Forces on Friday said its "air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip." On Twitter, soon after midnight, the Israeli army said, "IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip."
The same was confirmed by news agency AFP, which said, the IDF sent a message to the media saying its troops were in the Gaza Strip.
But, two hours after the statement, the IDF issued a clarification saying "no soldiers" were in Gaza.
The Israeli Defense Forces said that there was an "internal communication" error which led to the confusion and no troops had entered the Gaza Strip as it had earlier stated.
As the clashes continue to intensify, the United Nations Security Council will meet on Sunday to address the conflict. Meanwhile, the US has said it is "deeply concerned about the violence in the streets of Israel".
People in Gaza are evacuating their northern part of the enclave ahead of the possible attacks, reported news agency AFP. Meanwhile, Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip, said there will be a "heavy response" to a possible ground incursion. On the other side, Israel is witnessing an unprecedented wave of mob violence, in which both Arabs and Jews have been savagely beaten and police stations attacked.