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Israel not to end Gaza offensive for Int'l pressure: PM

English.news.cn   2014-07-12 01:59:37

JERUSALEM, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday his country won't bow to international pressure to halt the offensive on Gaza.

"No international pressure will prevent us from acting with full power," Netanyahu told a news conference. "The operation will continue until quiet is returned to Israel," he added.

As Netanyahu talked to the press in Tel Aviv, Gaza militants fired a rocket toward the city, and was intercepted over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, an Israeli army announcement said.

Netanyahu said he had "good talks" over the phone with U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European leaders.

He also said that since the operation began on Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 1,000 sites in Gaza, twice as many as it did during operation Pillar of Defense, a similar offensive which occurred in 2012.

Since the beginning of the operation, the army targeted about 1, 090 sites, bringing the total death toll to over 100 people. Dozens of them were civilians, Palestinian officials told local media.

Late in the day, Gaza militants fired an anti-tank missile at Israeli troops, who were mounting along the Israel-Gaza border, waiting for a government "green light" to start a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip.

"Two soldiers were wounded lightly and evacuated for further treatment," a spokesperson with the military said in a statement.

Southern and central Israel have been hit by long-ranged rockets fired from Gaza. Over the last four days, nearly 550 rockets have been fired towards the country, according to the army Spokesperson's Unit. Iron Dome, Israel's anti-missiles defense system, intercepted most of the rockets.

Editor: yan
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