KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli ground forces were battling Hamas fighters deep inside Gaza’s largest city, Israel said Tuesday. Israeli ground troops have battled Palestinian militants inside Gaza for over a week, cutting the territory in half and encircling Gaza City. FLEEING SOUTHIsrael unleashed another wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as hundreds more Palestinians fled Gaza City to the south. HEAVY FIGHTING IN THE NORTHFor now, Israel’s troops are focused on northern Gaza, including Gaza City, which before the war was home to about 650,000 people. Residents in northern Gaza reported heavy battles overnight into Tuesday morning on the outskirts of Gaza City.