A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike on Gaza International Airport in Rafah, southern Gaza, on July 7, 2014.AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB
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Israel called up reserve troops Monday for a possible escalation of hostilities with Palestinians in Gaza where Hamas said six of its fighters were killed by airstrikes, something Israel denied.Hamas vowed revenge for what it said were the deadliest attacks in a surge of violence since the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teen. Palestinian militants kept up their now-daily rocket launchings into Israel as pressure mounted from hard-liners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition for tougher action against Hamas, the dominant force in the Gaza enclave. The Hamas fighters had apparently gone there to inspect the damage, he said.Israel said about a dozen rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza Monday, wounding one soldier.The Gaza flare-up began in mid-June, during Israel's search for the three teens, when Israel arrested many Hamas members across the West Bank. The Israeli military says more than 160 Gaza rockets have struck Israel since.
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