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Benjamin Netanyahu threatens Hamas following escalation in violence (TELEGRAPH UK) By Phoebe Greenwood, Jerusalem 06/25/12) Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9352638/Benjamin-Netanyahu-threatens-Hamas-following-escalation-in-violence.html DAILY TELEGRAPH DAILY TELEGRAPH Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged bellicose threats with the Hamas leadership on Sunday following a week of escalated violence between Israel and Gaza.

"The IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south," he told ministers.

In spite of a truce agreed last Wednesday, 20 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Saturday, injuring an Israeli factory worker, bringing the total number fired this week to 150.

The barrage of homemade Qassam rockets landed mostly in uninhabited areas – rather than Grad missiles fired towards urban centres – suggesting they were designed as a display of force rather than a serious attempt to upgrade the conflict. They were answered with three targeted Israeli air strikes, in which two Palestinians were reportedly killed and ten injured.

For the first time in more than a year, Hamas has claimed responsibility for the missiles – apparently abandoning a policy of passive resistance the leadership publically in an Egypt-negotiated truce more than a year ago

On Saturday afternoon, the faction´s military wing- the Qassam Brigade – issued a statement warning of further violence: "If the last rounds were not enough to deliver the message ... we are ready to crush the enemy and to curb its arrogance and to respond to aggression in a strong way." (© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012. 06/25/12)

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