GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli military says its “Iron Dome” defense system intercepted 13 rockets fired from Gaza on Wednesday in what appears to be retaliation for Israeli airstrikes that reportedly killed 10, including the commander of the Hamas military wing.
The Israeli military said the some 20 airstrikes were part of a major offensive dubbed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” Reuters reports.
“All options are on the table. If necessary, the (Israeli military) is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza,” it said.
Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel cannot tolerate continued rocket attacks against its citizens. In his first comments since Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing, Netanyahu said Israel is “prepared to expand the operation.”
Hamas has responded with threats of retaliation.
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