Israeli continues offensive in Gaza; Hamas responds with dozens of rockets

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 8:00 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The heaviest fighting in four years between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has brought life to a standstill on both sides of the border.

Gaza's streets are mostly empty today as the Israeli air force continues to strike targets. Across southern Israel, residents remain huddled in doors or close to home.

Militants in Gaza have been pounding southern Israel with rocket fire today, killing three people.

It's the second day of intense Israeli air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. And Israel is threatening to invade the Palestinian territory.

After yesterday's assassination of Hamas mastermind Ahmed Jabari, Israeli tanks, gunboats and aircraft struck dozens of sites across Gaza. According to Palestinian medical officials, a total of 15 Palestinians, including seven civilians, have been killed, and more than 100 others wounded.

Israel says yesterday's assassination was the start of a broader offensive that was launched after days of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

In recent years, Hamas has beefed up its arsenal with more powerful and far-reaching missiles. Israel, meanwhile, has deployed a system that shoots down incoming rockets.

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159-a-15-(Mark Regev (REH'-gehv), spokesman, Israeli government, in AP interview)-"from Hamas-controlled Gaza"-Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev says Palestinian rocket fire has killed three Israelis. (15 Nov 2012)

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160-a-09-(Mark Regev (REH'-gehv), spokesman, Israeli government, in AP interview)-"rockets and missiles"-Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev says its military is engaged in a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. (15 Nov 2012)

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162-r-10-(Sound of gunfire, at funeral procession for Hamas' top military commander)--Sound of gunfire at a funeral procession for Hamas' top military commander, who was killed in Israeli attacks on Palestinian military targets. (15 Nov 2012)

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161-r-11-(Sound of explosions within Palestinian territory, heard from the Israeli side of the border)--Sound of explosions in the northern Gaza Strip heard from the Israeli side of the border. (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL133: Smoke trails are seen after missiles were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL137: Palestinian medics help a wounded woman at her family house following an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel barraged the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and shelling Wednesday and killed the Hamas military chief in a targeted strike, launching a campaign aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Islamic militants. The assault killed 10 other Palestinians, including two children and seven militants. On Thursday, militant rockets fired into Israel killed three Israelis, raising the likelihood of a further escalation.(AP Photo/Eyad Baba) (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL135: Palestinian women react during the funeral of Hisham Al Galban, a Hamas militant killed in an Israeli attack, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel barraged the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and shelling Wednesday and killed the Hamas military chief in a targeted strike, launching a campaign aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Islamic militants. The assault killed 10 other Palestinians, including two children and seven militants. On Thursday, militant rockets fired into Israel killed three Israelis, raising the likelihood of a further escalation.(AP Photo/Eyad Baba) (15 Nov 2012)

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