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    Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz attends the cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    Rocket Attack Interrupts Netanyahu Rival Gantz's Presser on Gaza Border

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    The news comes after militants in Gaza fired over 400 rockets at Israel, with the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) responding by carrying out airstrikes against Hamas and other groups in recent days.

    Opposition leader and former IDF chief Benny Gantz had to stop a press conference in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near the Gaza border due to an intense rocket attack. According to The Jerusalem Post, all those attending the event had to rush into a concrete bomb shelter for security reasons.

    "Hamas and the terror groups in Gaza that are setting the agenda for Israel. It is Israel that must set the agenda", Gantz said, stressing that "force must be met with greater force in order to ensure calm".

    READ MORE: 60-Year-Old Israeli Dies After Gaza Rocket Hits His House in Ashkelon

    He also stated that Israel needs to proceed with a diplomatic solution once calm is restored, but did not specify the details of the solution or elaborate on how to ensure calm.

    Tensions in the Gaza Strip escalated early on Saturday when the Israeli military said that they had detected dozens of rockets fired from the area. The IDF responded by hitting Hamas and other targets in the area, including a building where military intelligence and general security offices of the organisation in the enclave are located, reportedly killing two Hamas fighters.


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