Netanyahu says Israel faces prolonged campaign against Hamas

‘What is coming will be worse,’ Israeli military tells Hamas


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.

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