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    Israel, Hamas Exchange Fierce Attacks

    Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, November 17, 2012.
    Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, November 17, 2012.
    VOA News
    Israel and Hamas exchanged fierce attacks Saturday, as Israeli forces continued massing along the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

    The Israeli military carried out more t200 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Saturday, targeting government buildings including the office of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the Hamas Cabinet. Haniyeh was not there at the time.  

    Israeli missiles also hit rocket launching sites and weapons smuggling tunnels.

    Israel has positioned tanks and other armored vehicles along the Gaza border, and has shut down main roads around the territory, a sign it could be ready to launch a ground offensive.  Israel's Cabinet has authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists.
     
    Meanwhile, Hamas rocket fire continued as far north as Tel Aviv, where sirens wailed Saturday.

    Israel's military said its new "Iron Dome" missile defense system shot down a rocket bound for Tel Aviv, one of several Hamas has fired at Israel's commercial center.  The Israeli government said "Iron Dome" has intercepted nearly 250 of the hundreds of Hamas rockets fired since the conflict began a few days ago. One rocket landed Friday in a field outside Jerusalem.

    An Iron drome missile is launched from Tel Aviv to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, Nov. 17, 2012.An Iron drome missile is launched from Tel Aviv to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, Nov. 17, 2012.
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    An Iron drome missile is launched from Tel Aviv to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, Nov. 17, 2012.
    An Iron drome missile is launched from Tel Aviv to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, Nov. 17, 2012.
    Palestinian officials say 42 people have died in Gaza, including militants and civilians, since the Israelis began their air strikes a few days ago. Hamas rockets have killed three Israeli civilians. About 10 Israelis including some soldiers were injured by rocket fire on Saturday.

    In Cairo Saturday, Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting and condemned Israel for its attacks in the Gaza Strip.

    The White House said President Barack Obama was in touch with Egyptian and Turkish leaders about ending the conflict.

    An Israeli missile Wednesday killed the top military commander of Hamas in Gaza.  Israel said the killing was in direct response to the almost daily rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.

    In the last Gaza war, Israel carried out a fierce air and ground offensive during a three-week period between 2008 and 2009.  More than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Ken from: Ohio
    November 18, 2012 10:52 PM
    I hope Israel wipes these animals off the face of the earth, GO ISRAEL!!!

    by: Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 3:49 PM
    You've got to be kidding. Israel enjoys being a bully in the region, and blame everything on terrorists. They are creating terrorists by oppressing the people of Gaza. Inflicting violence on these people is the worst possible thing Israel can do. First they took their land, then they tried to wipe them off the map by bombing them every couple years. Stop them from advancing and keep them in the stone age.

    Israel needs a new leader. One that makes smart decisions and not a war mongerer. This is swifter action than that of Assad on his own people... Come on Israel, get with the program, you will never have peace EVER if you conduct your country like this.

    Disgusted as a westerner as usual by Israeli government actions. Israel needs to be told to smarten up by other world leaders, maybe then it will sink in.

    Pathetic.
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    by: Stephen from: Massachusetts
    November 18, 2012 6:55 AM
    The powerlessness of the Sword belongs to Barabbas.
    The power of the Shield belongs to Israel.

    The seeds of what you sow' results in what you harvest..

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    by: Kevinsnaga from: UK
    November 17, 2012 5:15 PM
    Shame on Isreal an on the UK , USA ans western world...
    what a shame.... killing children and elderly ....
    Israel can end this now when it wants but keeps trowing rockets...its all up to them they are breaking every single human right in the book by far more crimes than all hamas in the world has ever broke, shame in ZION

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