SPECIAL REPORT: Gaza militants pound southern Israel as Israel responds with intense air, naval strikes (Second Coming Watch Update #279)

Released: November 15, 2012 By: Daniel Whyte III

1. According to The Associated Press, militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. With Israel threatening to invade the Palestinian territory, the heaviest fighting between Israel and Hamas in four years showed no signs of letting up. Israeli leaders have said they are prepared to broaden the operation to a ground invasion if necessary, though there were no signs of extraordinary troop movements along the border.

2. According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Air Force struck and killed Hamas' head of military operations, Ah-med Ja-ba-ri, in central Gaza on Wednesday. IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said the airstrike marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza. The spokesman said, "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations."

3. According to The Associated Press, Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could "escalate out of control." Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for "immediate U.S. intervention to stop the Israeli aggression."

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