AFP: Israeli PM ramps up assault

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to ramp up an Israeli campaign against Gaza militants that has so far cost 43 Palestinian lives, AFP reported.

"We have decided to further intensify the attacks on Hamas and the terror organisations in Gaza," his office quoted him as saying after consulting defence chiefs in southern Israel.

"The army is prepared for any eventuality," he added.

"Hamas will pay a heavy price for the firing of rockets at Israeli civilians. Security for the citizens of Israel is first and foremost."

Wednesday was the second day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge.
Israel warplanes have so far hit 550 targets in Gaza, and Hamas militants have responded with 165 rockets, some of which struck Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and as far away as Hadera, 116 kilometers to the north of the besieged coastal enclave.

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:08

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