Barrage of rockets hits southern Israel but Gaza crossings reopen

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Militants fired five rockets from Gaza into Israel early Sunday, the Israeli military said, following a day of Palestinian mass protests along the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence. Despite the rocket fire, the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings - which have been closed since last Monday when a Gaza rocket destroyed a house in central Israel - were reopened on Sunday morning.

Likud MK: Netanyahu ready to conquer Gaza before elections ‘if need be’

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A lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party said on Saturday that Israel was prepared to launch a military offensive in the Gaza Strip ahead of upcoming general elections 'if need be,' as the premier continued to take flak from figures across the political spectrum over his handling of violence against Israel from the Palestinian territory.

Netanyahu warns Hamas: Don’t count on elections preventing major Gaza operation

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip should not assume that Israel won’t respond to their recent attacks with a major military operation in the territory just because of approaching elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that the country will do whatever is necessary to restore security to southern communities.