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Israel vows no let-up in air campaign as Gaza death toll exceeds 120

Published on Jul 12, 2014 4:23 PM
 
Palestinians survey the rubble of a mosque, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 12, 2014. Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day on Saturday, July 12, 2014, as it vowed no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants which has killed more than 120 Palestinians. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day on Saturday as it vowed no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants which has killed more than 120 Palestinians.

A defiant Hamas fired five more rockets into Israel as the Islamist movement rejected growing international calls for a halt to hostilities, insisting Israel must act first.

Diplomatic efforts to stop the violence saw US President Barack Obama telephoning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Washington offering to use its relationships in the Middle East to bring about a return to calm.

But speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv on Friday, Netanyahu said he would not end the military campaign until he achieved his goal of stopping the Hamas fire and preparations gathered pace for a possible ground assault.

 
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