A female Israeli soldier holds her weapon as she takes a rest with her comrades at an army deployment near the Israeli-Gaza border
An Israeli reserve soldier makes a wall with the Star of David from cardboard mortar shell boxes near the Israel Gaza border
Israeli soldiers camouflage their faces at an army staging area along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip
The offensive began on July 8 with the aim of ending militant rocket fire, but expanded on July 17 with a ground operation aimed at destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels which Israel has vowed to dismantle.
Major General Sami Turgeman, head of the army's southern command, said the army was 'just days' away from completing its mission to destroy the tunnels.