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Israel pledges to intensify Gaza offensive

  • Israel ordered up to 75,000 reservists on stand-by on Friday and pledged to intensify its offensive on the Gaza Strip.

    The decision comes after militants targeted Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades as well as another aimed for Tel Aviv.

    Around 28 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Wednesday when Israel killed Hamas's military chief.

    Militants and civilians, including at least seven children, were among the Palestinian casualities.

    It is not yet clear whether the rocket targeting Jerusalem was the same Iranian-built Fajr-5 launched towards Tel Aviv for the second day on Friday.

    The rockets have a range of 45 miles.

    This is the first time that Tel Aviv has come under attack since the 1991 Gulf War.

    Western leaders have called on both sides to end the violence.

    Britain and Germany have both said Hamas is to blame.

    However, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has labeled the Israeli raids as "a blatant aggression against humanity", vowing that Egypt "will not leave Gaza on its own".

    Ties between Hamas and Egypt have strengthened following Morsi's election earlier this year.

    Hamas was formed as an offshoot of Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood.