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Israel, Gaza cross-border rocket fire moves into second day

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:13

March 13 - A cross-border flare-up between Israel and Gaza continues into its second day as both sides lobby rocket fire. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Residents of Gaza woke up to a rainy Thursday, after a night of airstrikes. Israel lobbied some 29 strikes against targets around Gaza overnight. That was in response to 60 rockets launched towards Israel the day before by Islamic militants. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZA RESIDENT, HAITHAM AL HIMS, SAYING: "Escalation brings escalation and calmness brings calmness. That's what we are used to in the Gaza Strip." On Thursday, the cross-border rocket fire moved into a second day. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israeli cities. A Hamas leader in Gaza said the rocket attacks were a warning to Israel. An agreement to maintain calm, he said, doesn't mean Gaza is willing to "surrender". (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER SAMI ABU ZUHRI SAYING: "The Israeli occupation is fully responsible for the escalation taking place….We assure you that the Palestinian resistance is defending itself when confronting these crimes." Wednesday's rocket attack was the heaviest such barrage towards Israel in nearly two years. It comes as Israel celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim. Israel warns it'll "hit back" with a tough military response if the holiday is marred by the violence.

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Israel, Gaza cross-border rocket fire moves into second day

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:13