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Israel vows tough action after Gaza rocket salvos

Published on Mar 13, 2014 3:39 AM

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza fired scores of rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday, causing no casualties but prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn of a tough response.

The escalation came just hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived on his first official visit to the region since taking office in 2010.

It was the heaviest barrage of cross-border rocket fire since a major eight-day November 2012 confrontation between Israel and militants from Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas.

The attacks were claimed by the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, which said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel in response to an air strike on Tuesday that killed three of its militants in southern Gaza.

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