Israel pursues punishing Gaza offensive for a third day

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel pressed on with a punishing aerial offensive in Gaza for a third day on Thursday, killing eight members of a family including five children in a predawn strike, Palestinian officials said, while militants fired rockets at Israeli cities. | Video

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