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Gaza City, November 15, 2012
Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and rocket salvoes thudded into southern Israel on Thursday as terrified residents on both sides of the frontier holed up at their homes in anticipation of heavy fighting on the second day of Israel's offensive against the Palestinian militants.

The operation, launched in response to several days of rocket fire that included over 100 rockets from the coastal territory, was Israel's most intense attack on Gaza since its full-scale war there four years ago.

It started with the assassination Wednesday of Hamas' top military commander.