Relatives and friends of Al-Hajj family mourn as they gather in a mosque to pray over the bodies of the eight family members during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
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Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 86, according to Gaza Health Ministry.In response, Gaza militants fired four rockets at occupied Jerusalem, with two shot down over the city and another two hitting open spaces, the Israeli army said. Israel has mobilized 20,000 reservists for a possible ground operation into Gaza, but for the time remains focused on maximizing its air campaign, Lerner said.Israel says that Hamas must cease rocket fire from Gaza for Israel to consider a truce. Militants have fired hundreds of rockets, striking across the length of Israel and disrupting life across the country.Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the operation was going according to plan, with Israel targeting various Hamas interests.Hamas officials said that the Palestinian side of its border crossing with Israel had also been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes.
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