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    Hamas Militant Killed as Israel Strikes Gaza after Rocket Attacks

    An Israeli man looks at a burnt car parked beside a paint factory in the southern town of Sderot, Israel, June 29, 2014.
    An Israeli man looks at a burnt car parked beside a paint factory in the southern town of Sderot, Israel, June 29, 2014.
    VOA News

    Israel says its military launched air attacks Sunday in the Gaza Strip, killing a Hamas militant and wounding two others after a series of Palestinian cross-border rocket launches targeting Israel.

    An army spokesman said the targeted militants were hit as they prepared to fire a rocket into Israeli territory.

    Palestinian militants fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday and Saturday. One of them hit a factory in the town of Sderot, setting it on fire.

    Israel's military says since the beginning of June, militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 60 rockets at Israel.

    Israeli-Palestinian tensions have spiked since three Israeli teenagers disappeared in the West Bank on June 12.  Israel accuses Hamas of kidnapping the youths.

    Israel has arrested hundreds of Hamas members in a search for the missing teens.  Hamas has denied any involvement in their disappearance. There has been no claim for the youths' abduction, nor has there been any indication of their whereabouts.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Israel is "ready" to expand its operations in Gaza.

    Speaking to ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, the Israeli premier said the almost-nightly military strikes on Gaza could be expanded should the need arise.

    Israel's foreign minister went one step further saying limited operations against militants in Gaza only strengthen Hamas.

    "The alternative is clear," Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio. "Either with each round we attack terror infrastructure and they shoot, or we go to full occupation."

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

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    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    July 03, 2014 1:25 PM
    Israel is not Iraq. Wherever the ISIL are near Israel border, they will have to meet their early death. Cuz if they fire rocket into Israel, Israel is coming for them. And wherever rockets come from, rockets will return. The increase violence that we are seeing in Israel is Hamas and the PA. But this is a problem for them also. Cuz their civilians are dying on a daily basic too. Their leadership don't want peace, and if they want they will remove Israel from that land. Hahahah, that is a joke. They have long time to keep fighting. Cuz Israel is not going nowhere. Israeli air force is one of the best in the world, and also Israel has lot of gurella fighters, Israel has one of the best ground troop n the world. And Israel has lot of doom days weaponry, do they actually think Israel will sit there for some rebel group to remove them out of their land? I can assure you that Gaza will turn into graveyard. Israel is not Iraq. This is the message for ISIL

    by: Not Again from: Canada
    June 29, 2014 5:53 PM
    The terrorist situation in Gaza is just getting worse; some very alrming reports were released by Egyptian security forces yesterday = that they had captured 15 ISIL terrorists in the Northern Sinai, that had entered Egypt from Gaza. If this is true, then ISIL is rapidly expanding in the ME and is trying to enter Egypt to destabilize Egypt, and create massive chaos. From Gaza they could easily infiltrate into Egypt at will, and if they get a foothold in Gaza they can cause problems for Israel and even the Suez canal.
    This ISIL foothold, could also be behind the rapid escalation in attacks against Israel, that started with the kidnapping of three teenagers, followed by ever increasing salvos of projectiles. Not a good situation for any one, especially for Isr/Pal civilians.

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