Israel, Hamas escalate attacks, reject restraint

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 3:49 a.m.

A rocket launched by Palestinian militants flies toward Israel on Thursday from the northern Gaza Strip. Israel said militants fired about 450 rockets since the start of the Israeli offensive Wednesday and said its missile-defense system has intercepted about 130 of those rockets.

Israel and Hamas brushed aside international calls for restraint Thursday and escalated their lethal conflict over Gaza, where Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory, targeting Tel Aviv for the first time, and Israel intensified its aerial assaults and sent tanks rumbling toward the Gaza border for a possible invasion.

Rockets from Gaza jolt Tel Aviv area

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, as Israel pressed a campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip.
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