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Blog: Palestinian and Israeli attacks escalate in Gaza

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-11-15

A day after an Israeli air strike killed Hamas military chief Ahmed al-Jaabari, Palestinian and Israeli attacks have escalated, threatening to engulf Gaza in a new war. Read through the day's events in updates, tweets and pictures on our blog.

Recap of today's events:

  • Israeli PM says his county will take 'whatever action necessary' to defend itself.
  • Since Wednesday, Israel has carried out at least 150 raids across Gaza, killing at least 15 Palestinians, at least seven of them Hamas militants.
  • In the same period, Gaza militants have fired more than 200 rockets at Israel, killing three people and injuring 16, police and medics said.
  • The Israeli army said that a rocket from Gaza has exploded south of Tel Aviv, but there have been no injuries.
  • A spokesman for Hamas group that controls the Gaza Strip has told the AFP news agency it rejects talk of truce with Israel at this time.
  • Latest escalation sparked by Israel killing of Ahmed al-Jaabari, head of Hamas’s military wing, in a strike on Gaza on Wednesday night.
  • The US has defended Israel’s “right to defend itself” while encouraging Israel “to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties”.
  • Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel on Wednesday in protest at the air strikes and has said it will send its PM to Gaza on Friday.
  • Putin has warned Israel against escalation of violence.

Scroll through our blog below for coverage of the day's events.

Date created : 2012-11-15

  • PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Hamas vows revenge after Israel kills military chief

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  • ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Israel, Gaza militants trade fire

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