Death toll mounts in Gaza from Israeli offensive; rockets hit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

  • by: JOSEF FEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 8, 2014 - 11:28 PM

JERUSALEM — Israel on Tuesday launched its largest offensive in the Gaza Strip in nearly two years, carrying out a blistering aerial assault on scores of targets and killing 25 people in what officials called an open-ended operation aimed at ending weeks of heavy rocket fire. As Gaza militants unleashed salvos on cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel mobilized forces along the border for a possible ground invasion.

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