Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will protect its citizens at all costs, and Hamas will pay an ''intolerable'' price for its attacks. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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And with that, a cross-border tunnel is detonated.
Israeli TV reports Saturday that the military is close to achieving its main war goal -- destroying Hamas tunnels.
But even after they're destroyed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will continue its fight against Hamas.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING:
"The IDF will prepare to act for our continued action, according to our defense needs and only according to our defense needs, until we reach our objective restoring security to you, Israel's citizens."
He says Israel will protect its people at all costs.
And Hamas will pay a -- quote -- "intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets.
But a Hamas spokesman says Netanyahu's speech was aimed at -- quote -- "repairing the spirit" of the Israeli public:
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAMI ABU ZUHRI, SAYING:
"The targets Netanyahu claimed to have bombed were hundreds of women and children who he had killed and the buildings of Gaza that they destroyed."
Shelling exchanges continue into the 25th day.
More than 1,600 Palestinians, and more than 60 Israeli soldiers have been killed. But the war will rage on.
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