Thursday morning, Israeli troops invaded the Khaza area, east of Khan Younis, and attacked homes belonging to Palestinian families.  Eyewitnesses stated that troops, backed with tanks and bulldozers, stormed the area, then conducted a wide-scale search campaign and ransacked residents houses.

De'a Qadaih, a resident of the area, said that Israeli troops searched and ransacked his family's house for the second time since yesterday.  He said they also attacked and hit his family members while searching the house; he added that troops came yesterday to his house and searched it, and took his father away without giving a reason.

Local sources also reported on Thursday that army bulldozers uprooted more than 80 olive trees and destroyed the water pipe line and electricity network in the Khaza area leaving more than 50 families with no water and electricity.