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Tensions mount along Gaza border

KIRYAT MALACHI, Israel — Israel and Hamas brushed aside international calls for ­restraint Thursday and escalated their lethal conflict over Gaza, where Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory, targeting Tel Aviv for the first time, and Israel intensified its aerial assaults and sent tanks rumbling toward the Gaza border for a possible invasion.

Defense Minister Ehud ­Barak, expressing outrage over a pair of long-range Palestinian rockets that whizzed toward Tel Aviv and triggered the first air raid warning in the Israeli metropolis since it was threatened by Iraqi Scuds in the Persian Gulf war of 1991, said, ‘‘There will be a price for that escalation that the other side will have to pay.’’

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