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Israel hits more than 300 Hamas targets in Gaza: army

Published on Jul 10, 2014 9:19 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Israeli air force hit more than 300 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian territory, an army spokesman said on Thursday.

“We aimed at 322 targets in Gaza overnight, taking to 750 the total number of Hamas targets hit by the army since the start (on Tuesday) of Operation Protective Edge,” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told journalists in a telephone conference.

Among the targets hit were rocket-launching sites of Hamas’s armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, as well as tunnels used by the group and Hamas command posts, Lerner said.

He warned that a ground assault was still being considered.

Flames erupt from a building hit by an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza today, killing at least 24 people in a major new confrontation with Palestinian militants, as Hamas flexed its firepower and sent thousands running for shelters across the country. -- PHOTO: AFP
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