Israel says no troops in Gaza, blames 'internal communication'

Israel says no troops in Gaza, blames 'internal communication' for confusion
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Israel first briefed the media its troops were in the Gaza Strip, but clarified there were 'no soldiers' there two hours later.
A huge blast in Gaza on 13 May [AFP/Getty]

The Israeli army clarified early Friday that its troops had not entered the Gaza Strip as it had earlier stated, blaming an "internal communication" problem for the confusion.

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Just after midnight, the army sent a message to the media saying troops were in the Gaza Strip.

This read: "Israeli planes and troops on the ground are carrying out an attack in the Gaza Strip," and was confirmed to AFP by the army's spokesperson.

However, two hours later, the army published a clarification saying there were "no soldiers" in Gaza.

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