Israel-Hamas air attacks intensify

Hamas rocket fire hits the Israeli city of Ashdod

Palestinian militants have fired more rockets at Israeli cities and Israel carried out dozens of air raids on Gaza overnight, as hostilities intensified.

Israel said four rockets hit southern Israel overnight and that rocket fire continued on Wednesday, with two more shot down over Tel Aviv.

Israel said there were 160 air strikes on Gaza overnight in response.

The health ministry in Gaza says 25 Palestinians have been killed and 70 hurt in the recent hostilities.

The ministry said that four women and three children were among the dead.

The military wing of Hamas has warned that all Israelis are now targets.

Netanyahu vow

Israel’s military said that overnight it had targeted 118 concealed rocket launchers, 10 Hamas command and control centres and 10 tunnels.

It brought to 440 the number of targets in Gaza attacked as part of “Operation Protective Edge”.

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The military said 117 rockets had hit Israel on Tuesday, with the Iron Dome interceptor system shooting down 20. Three rockets landed around Jerusalem.

Iron Dome intercepted two rockets above Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning.

The town of Hadera 100km (60 miles) north of Gaza, was also attacked, with an M-302 surface-to-surface rocket, the furthest target so far reached.

“No other country lives under such a threat, and no country would accept such a threat,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement late on Tuesday. “We have therefore significantly expanded our operations against Hamas and the other terrorist organisations in Gaza.”

Israel has warned it may send ground troops into Gaza to stop the rocket attacks. It has authorised the call-up of up to 40,000 military reservists. Hundreds of reservists have already been drafted to bolster forces around Gaza.