Israeli airstrikes kill Hamas military chief, 9 others; ground attack could follow


Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 12:07 PM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is warning that it may follow up today's air assault on targets in Gaza with a ground operation there.

The military has issued a statement saying, "All options are on the table."

Gaza's health minister says 10 people were killed in today's airstrikes, including the commander of the Hamas military wing. Two young children are said to be among the dead.

In all, there were some 20 airstrikes. It's the worst Israeli barrage on the Palestinian territory in four years. And it comes in retaliation for renewed rocket fire from Gaza aimed at southern Israel.

Palestinians are calling for retaliation. Thousands gathered, urging an attack on Tel Aviv.

Fearing a long war in Gaza, Palestinians have been rushing to buy fuel, bread and other supplies.

Israel's military says today's assassination of the Hamas military chief was just the beginning. It marked an Israeli return to a policy of targeted assassinations -- one that brought international condemnation on Israel when it was used a decade ago.

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186-c-17-(Aron Heller, AP correspondent)-"beginning of 2009"-AP correspondent Aron Heller reports Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City. (14 Nov 2012)

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187-c-17-(Aron Heller, AP correspondent)-"Israel's hit list"-AP correspondent Aron Heller reports Israel says the top Hamas commander who was killed, Ahmed Jabari, had a lot of blood on his hands. (14 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DV119: Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (14 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO SPANDV117: Efectivos palestinos de seguridad llegan a un hospital con el cadáver de Ahmed Jabari, jefe del ala militar de Hamas, el miércoles 14 de noviembre de 2012, en la Ciudad de Gaza. El jefe miliciano pereció en un ataque de la aviación israelí (AP Foto/Hatem Moussa) (14 Nov 2012)

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