Threat of all-out war escalates as Israel, terrorists trade fire

An injured Israeli baby is held by a security officer inside an ambulance at the scene where a rocket, fired from Gaza, landed in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi November 15, 2012.

Credits: REUTERS/Gideon Rahamim


Dubbed "Operation Pillare of Defense", the forceful Israeli response to terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza has escalated in its second day.

Israeli tanks, planes, and gunboats hammered suspected hositle positions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that Israel would no longer tolerate attacks on its southern towns and said he was ready to expand the operation if necessary.

Israel first launched a major offensive against Palestinian terrorists in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike. The military wing of Hamas has warned that the assassination has "opened the gates of hell."

Dozens of Palestinian rockets rained down on Israel Thursday morning resulting in civilian casualties, and Israel continues to make airstrikes on terrorist targets, rendering the Gaza strip a live war zone.  Three Israelis were confirmed dead as a result of Hamas rocket fire Thursday morning. According to Palestenian officials, four Palestenian civilians have died as a result of Israeli fire.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned the actions of Hamas and pledged Canadian support for Israel.

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