IDF: Hamas 'responsible for rocket barrage on Israel'

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) say Hamas is responsible for a barrage of rockets fired at cities inside Israel.

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Hamas is responsible for the rocket barrage fired at #Israel in the past few minutes. The #IDF will respond firmly to these attacks

The IDF said it had now attacked a total of 200 "terror targets" in response to what it says are attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli citizens.

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In response to constant rocket fire, #IDF hit 50 terror targets today making a total of 200 since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge

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Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue

Israel has launched a ground offensive in Gaza with residents reporting heavy shelling in the area. Palestinian health officials say 27 Palestinians, including a baby, two children and a 70-year-old woman, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces into the densely-populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians.