Diplomatic efforts to calm Israel -Gaza tensions
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with rockets and mortars Sunday, striking an empty school and a score of other targets. According to the AP, senior Israeli officials met late into the night to discuss how to proceed with retaliatory operations.
Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said Israel's current response to the surge in violence -- airstrikes that have killed 15 Palestinians -- was not its final word. Israel "will not hesitate" to widen its military operation if necessary, he told Israel Radio. "We will see how things develop on the ground," he said without elaborating.
At midday, Israeli aircraft hit Gaza once again, the military said.
Israeli troops also rounded up 50 Hamas activists in the West Bank in a sweeping overnight raid, Palestinian security officials said.
On the diplomatic level, Yaser Otham, the Egyptian representative to the Palestinian Authority, told Voice of Palestine radio that Cairo was "in contact with all parties to restore the truce in Gaza."
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