Fighting rages in Israel and Gaza

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Islam News – On the second day of rocket fire and airstrikes, Israel assassinated several commanders of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and hinted at a possible ground invasion of Gaza. The militants responded with a new barrage of more than 1,000 rockets fired at cities across southern Israel.
An Israeli military official said three infantry brigades were “preparing for a worst-case scenario,” confirming that a ground invasion could follow the bombardment from the air. Israel’s latest operation targeted the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas and one of several Palestinian militant factions active in Gaza.
Two days of Israeli strikes have killed at least 53 Palestinians, including 14 children, and wounded more than 300 people, according to Palestinian health officials. At least seven people were killed and 100 were injured in the rocket attacks, according to Israeli health officials. One Israeli was killed by an anti-tank missile near the Gaza perimeter.
A senior U.S. diplomat is headed to the Middle East to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge de-escalation. Tor Wennesland, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East, said that the situation was “escalating towards a full-scale war.”

Source: The New York Times