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Hamas targets Jerusalem in major escalation

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Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.

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Associated Press Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground Friday near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel.

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Palestinian militants took aim at Jerusalem for the first time Friday, launching a rocket attack on the holy city in a major escalation of hostilities as Israel pressed forward with a relentless campaign of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.Israel called up thousands of reservists and massed troops along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion of the densely populated seaside strip could be imminent. The attack on Jerusalem, along with an earlier strike on the metropolis of Tel Aviv, raised the likelihood that Israel would soon move in.
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    • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.
    • Associated Press   Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground Friday near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel.
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