Israel 'ready for escalation' of Gaza conflict

Jul 08, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 08: An Iron dome missile defense system is deployed on July 8, 2014, in Ashkelon, Israel. Due to recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip. In the past 3 weeks more than 130 rockets where reportedly fired from Gaza into Israel. Credit Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images
Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

At least 15 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip as Israel launched a major air and sea offensive against the militant group Hamas on Tuesday.

Background:

Israel 'ready for escalation' of Gaza conflict [BBC]

Israel steps up offensive against Hamas in Gaza [NYTimes]

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