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Rocket fire pushes Israel to the brink

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Rocket fire pushes Israel to the brink


Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has warned that the Jewish state will not continue to tolerate attacks by Hamas along its border.

Livni’s comments came as she met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for talks on the growing violence. The talks will centre on trying to renew an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in Gaza, which ended last week.

The meeting comes a day after Palestinian militants fired more than 80 rockets and mortars into southern Israel.

A Hamas gunman was also killed yesterday, in what Israeli officials say was a retaliatory airstrike. With the town of Sderot coming under particularly heavy fire, Israel has vowed to use stronger force if the salvoes continue.

The latest violence between the two sides erupted on Tuesday night when Israeli soldiers killed three Hamas gunmen. The Israeli army said the men were attempting to plant explosives along the border.

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