Israel declares 'mission accomplished' as troops leave Gaza for cease-fire

August 5, 2014 10:01 AM

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Israel declares 'mission accomplished' as troops leave Gaza for cease-fire

Gaza (CNN) -- Withdrawing its ground forces from Gaza Tuesday for a three-day cease-fire with Hamas, Israel announced that its central goal was achieved.

"Mission accomplished," the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter. "We have dismantled the underground terror network built by Hamas to infiltrate and attack Israel." The military said 32 tunnels were destroyed in the four-week conflict.

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