Wednesday, July 16 2014, 07:02 AM EDT
Gaza Under Attack
Rockets fill the sky over Gaza -- Israel threatening to intensify its attack
"We don't have any chance [choice] But to expand the operation against
Hamas," Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, said.
In northern Gaza, the Israeli military warned Palestinians to clear out -
More attacks are imminent. The message was delivered using automated calls
And text messages.
About 20% of Gaza city's 500,000 residents were given just eight hours to
Leave. It's not clear where they're headed...All U.N. shelters are full.
The Israeli airstrikes resumed after Hamas rejected a ceasefire proposal,
And then launched rockets from Gaza.
Many Palestinians want the fighting to continue.
"I want to continue defending our rights until we get something. It's not
just sending rockets without meaning."
The death toll is rising. Health officials in Gaza say almost 200 civilians
Have been killed.
Israel suffered its first casualty -- when a civilian who was trying to
Deliver food to soldiers was hit by a mortar.
The Obama administration says Israel has a right to defend itself, and that
It is up to Hamas to end the violence.
"We'd like to see Hamas accept the terms of the ceasefire agreement that
Were floated by the Egyptians," Josh Earnest, white house press secretary, said.
A U.S. Senate committee voted yesterday to double American aid to Israel,
For its iron dome defense system, used to intercept rockets.