Continued rocket fire from Gaza steps up pressure on Israel to hit back

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Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 12:34 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — For a third day in a row, Gaza militants have been pummeling southern Israel with rockets.

The Israeli military says more than 110 rockets have hit Israeli towns, including at least a dozen today. One rocket hit a house, and another smashed into a factory, injuring three civilians.

The barrage is increasing pressure on the Israeli government to retaliate. A million Israelis live within range of the rockets, and some are demanding a military operation similar to Israel's bruising incursion into Gaza four years ago. Others believe Israel should target Hamas leaders, a method it used to kill dozens of top militants nearly a decade ago.

On a visit to one of the cities that's been battered by Gaza rockets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign ambassadors that no government would tolerate such attacks and he has a "duty" to take "whatever action is necessary" to put a stop to them.

A Palestinian health official says six Palestinians, including two members of Islamic Jihad, have been killed in Israeli counterstrikes.

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APPHOTO SEB110: An unidentified Israeli man inspects the damage to a house caused by a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Hostilities along the Gaza-Israel border escalated sharply over the weekend, with bombardments from Gaza causing rare Israeli casualties and Israeli strikes killing several Palestinians. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) (11 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO SEB102: An Israeli police sapper holds the remains of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants after it hit the southern city of Netivot, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) (12 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL103: Palestinians look through their belongings in a house destroyed overnight by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Hostilities along the Gaza-Israel border escalated sharply over the weekend, with rocket salvos from Gaza and Israeli strikes killing at least six Palestinians. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (11 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL117: A Palestinian stands in a factory hit by an Israeli tank shell in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Hostilities along the Gaza-Israel border escalated sharply over the weekend, with bombardments from Gaza causing rare Israeli casualties and Israeli strikes killing at least six Palestinians. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (11 Nov 2012)

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