Israel Continues to Bomb Gaza, Vows to 'Expand' Operation
Bombings continued for fifth straight day
Vowing to strike back against targeted attacks on its capitol city, Israel is continuing to bombard the Gaza Strip for a fifth straight day, leveling the Palestinian area from air and sea.
According to sources for Al Jazeera English, at least three children and two women were killed on Sunday. Palestinian officials report that 51 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 14 children, have been killed, and hundreds have been wounded.
Hamas and Palestinian forces have also continued to fire rockets into Israel. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit, killing three civilians and wounding dozens. Police in Tel Aviv reported that two rockets aimed at the commercial hub were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said his country is ready to "significantly expand" its operation against fighters in the Gaza Strip.
"The operation in the Gaza Strip is continuing, and we are preparing to expand it," Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. The country's cabinet has authorized mobilization of up to 75,000 military reservists.
"We are extracting a heavy price from Hamas and the terror organizations," he said.