Netanyahu says Israel faces prolonged campaign against Hamas in Gaza

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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