Israel prepared to expand operation against Hamas in Gaza


At least 24 wounded. Mahmoud Abbas calls for an end to the offensive.

An Israeli security operation against the militant group Hamas “will probably not end within several days,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday, CNN informs.
The development appeared to confirm fears that the conflict would continue to escalate.
“We will not tolerate rocket fire and we are prepared to expand the operation and to exact a heavy toll on Hamas,” he said.
Overnight, Israel ramped up its airstrikes on Hamas in Gaza.
The Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas has entered a “substantial phase,” with airstrikes hitting around 50 targets, including militant houses and military compounds, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN.
“We are determined to restore a state of security,” he said.