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Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

By Aron Heller, Associated Press

Published: Fri, July 11 9:42 p.m. MDT

 Israeli soldiers gather for a break on a mobile artillery unit at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, July 11, 2014. Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day-long offensive. Rocket fire by Palestinian militants continued from Gaza toward various locations in southern Israel.

Israeli soldiers gather for a break on a mobile artillery unit at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, July 11, 2014. Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day-long offensive. Rocket fire by Palestinian militants continued from Gaza toward various locations in southern Israel.

(Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press)

JERUSALEM — With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and rockets fired by militants striking Israel from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon, Israel's prime minister on Friday brushed off a question about cease-fire efforts.

There is no end in sight to Israel's effort to halt militant rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"I will end it when our goals are realized," he said. "And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet."

Israel says it launched the offensive Tuesday in response to weeks of rocket fire from Gaza. At least 21 Palestinians were killed Friday, pushing the overall death toll to 106, including dozens of civilians, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

Palestinian militants have fired more than 600 rockets at Israel.

One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a gas station and set it ablaze earlier Friday in southern Israel, wounding three people, one seriously, and the army said the condition of a soldier wounded by rocket shrapnel on Thursday had worsened. But there have been no deaths on the Israeli side, in large part because of a new rocket-defense system that has intercepted at least 129 incoming projectiles.

Also Friday, the Lebanese military said militants fired three rockets into northern Israel. The Israeli military responded with artillery fire.

Israel's allies have backed the country's right to self-defense, but they have called for restraint. And the top U.N. human rights official said the air campaign may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians.

"We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes," said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

Netanyahu said the Israeli airstrikes are aimed at military targets. He blamed Hamas for causing civilian casualties by hiding in residential areas and criticized the group for targeting Israeli population centers.

Israel has massed thousands of troops along the border in preparation for a possible ground invasion. Netanyahu was evasive when asked about the odds of a ground operation, saying only: "We are weighing every possibility."

Associated Press writer Najib Jobain in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.

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1. A Scientist
Provo, UT,
July 11, 2014

Chalk up another war, with its destruction, death and suffering, to religion.

2. mr_drm
TUCSON, AZ,
July 11, 2014

Do you see your headline is a little unbalanced. "Rockets fall on Israel," but "Over 100 killed in Gaza"? How about evening up the story by saying either:

"Over 100 killed in Gaza, None killed in Israel,"
or
"Rockets Fall on Israel and Gaza."

3. Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia,
July 12, 2014

@Scientist:
I don't think that you know anything about what is going on.
Two Palestinians kidnapped three teenagers hitchhiking from a settlement near Hebron. One of the teenagers called the police, the Palestinians panicked and killed the three teenagers and left them in a field.

Israeli politicians went bonkers, each out doing one another in condemning this and calling for revenge. Netanyahu said, "They are not like us. We sanctify life, they sanctify death."

Six orthodox Jews went driving through an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem (not in the occupied territories, in Israel proper). They tried to kidnap a nine year old boy. He called for his mother and she beat the kidnapper off. The next day they returned, kidnapped a 16 year old boy. Took him away, beat him up, poured gasoline on him and in his mouth and set him on fire.

Hate is the spark that has started this.

If you are outraged by this then quit the hate.

4. joe9
MAPLETON, UT,
July 12, 2014

Hey scientist, ever heard of Stalin? Hitler? History accounts of the biggest loss of lives comes from the hands of those who despised religion.

5. Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT,
July 12, 2014

Of course Netanyahu is "Brushing off cease fire efforts" he does not need to pay for his ammunition and equipment.

Our tax dollars to the tune of $3.200,000,000 plus a year for each and every year flow to Israel in the form of foreign aid.

It would not be so bad if we did not need to borrow this money to give it away.

Being that we are their biggest "bankroller" you would think they would be more amiable to our suggestions?