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Israel readies Gaza invasion as Hamas rockets zero in

JERUSALEM — Israel prepared for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Friday as Hamas militants continued to lob rockets into Israel, one of which landed near Jerusalem for the first time since 1970.

The rocket strikes outside Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel’s main population centers, sharply raised the stakes in the ongoing standoff between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, providing sobering evidence that Palestinian militants possess weaponry that can strike deeper inside Israel than ever before. In particular, the strike on Jerusalem — a city both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital — was viewed as a major provocation that made an Israeli ground invasion seem ever more likely.

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