GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning his country faces a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
That’s as the Israeli military urges residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appears to be a broadening of the three-week war.
The military is leaving phone messages targeting Gaza militants saying that quote: “What is coming will be worse.”
The fighting has already killed at least one-thousand and 50 Palestinians, 52 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side.
A Hamas spokesman struck a defiant tone in response to Netanyahu’s warnings — saying the threats do not scare Hamas or the Palestinian people.
Earlier today, the United Nations called for an “immediate” cease-fire, but the two sides remain far apart.
Hamas wants Israel to ease a crippling blockade, while Israel wants to see the Gaza Strip demilitarized and Hamas stripped of its rocket firing abilities.
The Israeli military reports nine soldiers died today in two incidents.
A strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people today, nine of them children.