Continued rocket fire from Gaza steps up pressure on Israel to hit back

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (AP photo)

JERUSALEM (AP) – For a third day in a row, Gaza militants have been pummeling southern Israel with rockets.

The Israeli military says more than 110 rockets have hit Israeli towns, including at least a dozen today. One rocket hit a house, and another smashed into a factory, injuring three civilians.

The barrage is increasing pressure on the Israeli government to retaliate. A million Israelis live within range of the rockets, and some are demanding a military operation similar to Israel’s bruising incursion into Gaza four years ago. Others believe Israel should target Hamas leaders, a method it used to kill dozens of top militants nearly a decade ago.

On a visit to one of the cities that’s been battered by Gaza rockets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign ambassadors that no government would tolerate such attacks and he has a “duty” to take “whatever action is necessary” to put a stop to them.

A Palestinian health official says six Palestinians, including two members of Islamic Jihad, have been killed in Israeli counterstrikes.

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