Israeli forces have launched a limited ground-invasion of the southern Gaza Strip, firing live ammunition and destroying agricultural land in the process.Launching the incursion from the Sufa crossing on Monday morning, Palestinian security sources have reported that the Israeli army established a presence one kilometer into the Gaza Strip, ransacking and occupying two homes in the Rafah area.

Eyewitnesses reported that after arresting several residents and damaging a number of homes, the military ordered all residents of between the ages of 16 and 46 to evacuate their homes and gather in the town’s main square.

Local media sources have reported that more than 15 tanks and several bulldozers are in use in the operation.