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'We will not stop' Gaza operation, Netanyahu says

Palestinians carried the body of the wife of Mohammed Deif in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

MOHAMMED SABER/EPA

Palestinians carried the body of the wife of Mohammed Deif in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says he will press forward with a military operation in the Gaza Strip until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory is halted.

Benjamin Netanyahu made the comments in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel’s monthlong war against Hamas militants collapsed in failure.

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Netayahu’s tough words signal a protracted period of fighting could lie ahead.

Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Wednesday, while Israel carried out numerous airstrikes in Gaza. Palestinian officials say at least 20 Palestinians have been killed since the cease-fire talks collapsed.

Deitch reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Mohammed Daraghmeh and Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report.
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