(AGI) Gaza City, July 20 - Israel turned a deaf ear todiplomatic appeals following a particularly bloody day offighting against Hamas, and announced on Sunday that it wouldintensify its ground attack in Gaza. "This evening, the groundphase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additionalforces join the effort to combat terror in the Gaza Strip andestablish a reality in which Israeli residents can live insafety and security", the Israeli army stated. On the 13th dayof the conflict, at least 40 Palestinians were killed andaround 400 wounded by Israeli bombs in the Shejaianeighbourhood in eastern Gaza City, Palestinian medical sourcessaid. (AGI) . .