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Netanyahu says Gaza campaign may take 'a long time'

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Netanyahu says Gaza campaign may take 'a long time'


In Gaza, thousands of people have fled their homes after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks. It’s the sixth day of an offensive that has killed at least 160 Palestinian people, most of them civilians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that the Israeli offensive to end rocket fire from Gaza may take “a long time.”

“We will continue to act with patience and forbearance, with determination, responsibility and aggression to achieve the goal of the campaign, restoring calm for a long period by dealing a significant blow to Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army is prepared for all possibilities,” said Netanyahu.

Israel says a ground invasion of Gaza remains an option. 30,000 reservists have been mobilised. So far most attacks have been from the air, hitting some 1,200 targets in Gaza.

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