Photo Essay: The Staging Ground

Our team waited at the staging area where the Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers gathered before rolling across the border into northern Gaza. All day long the artillery was being fired out from where were - landing not far from where the rest of our Fox team (Mike Tobin and his team) were trolling the alleys of Beit Lahiya amongst the Palestinian armed groups laying in wait for the Israeli forces.

Every time the artillery fired, we flinched. It was like thunder. And every time the Israeli Merkava tanks began to move, spewing black diesel fumes, the earth shook beneath our feet and you could barely hear yourself think beneath the rumble.

Each APC (armored personnel carrier) carried 12 members of the Israeli army's Givati Brigade. We watched as they loaded their supplies: food and water. They were going in for 48 hours. They would leave in the middle of the night.

In the down time between live shots our team: myself, cameraman Yaniv Turgeman, producer Osnat Arazi, soundman and technician Yoav Shamir, and satellite truck operator Uri Ravid took some photos behind the scenes. Click here to take a look.

Jennifer Griffin is a Jerusalem-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). Griffin joined FNC in 1999 and covers foreign policy and breaking news from Israel and across the Middle East.

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and is based out of the Washington D.C. bureau. She joined the network in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenGriffinFNC.