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Israel Launches What Could Be Extended Offensive on Hamas-Ruled Gaza Strip

Israeli soldiers drive on an armored personnel carrier near the Israel and Gaza Strip border, Monday, July 7, 2014. The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza vowed revenge on Israel for the death of several of its members killed in an airstrike early Monday morning in the deadliest exchange of fire since the latest round of attacks began weeks ago. About a dozen rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza overnight the military said. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has launched what could be an extended offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks against Israel, striking at least 50 sites in the Palestinian territory.

Israeli soldiers drive on an armored personnel carrier near the Israel and Gaza Strip border, Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israelli Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the military attacked four houses belonging to militants, concealed rocket launchers, and other sites early Tuesday. Most of the sites were targeted in airstrikes, and three were attacked from the sea.

Lerner says the army will gradually increase attacks on Gaza, and is recruiting reservists for a potential ground invasion.

He says Israel seeks to "strike Hamas" and end the rocket fire. The army says about 300 projectiles were fired from Gaza at Israel in recent weeks, including 80 rockets on Monday.

The army ordered Israelis in the country's south to stay indoors.

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