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Hamas vows revenge after 7 members killed

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza vowed revenge on Israel for the death of seven of its members killed in an airstrike early Monday morning in the deadliest exchange of fire since the latest round of attacks began weeks ago.

Hamas' said "the enemy will pay a tremendous price," referring to Israel.

The group said its men were killed by an Israeli airstrike on a tunnel used by the militants.

Two militants from a different group were also killed in a separate strike. The men were involved in rocket attacks on southern Israeli communities, the Israeli military said.

Israel said it carried out airstrikes on at least "14 terror sites" including "concealed rocket launchers" in Gaza overnight in retaliation to a recent spike in attacks from Gaza.

About a dozen rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza overnight the military said. One injured a soldier.

Gaza militants fired 25 rockets at Israel on Sunday the military said.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the rocket attacks are "unbearable and unacceptable."

"We will continue to act in order to debilitate and incapacitate the Hamas terror infrastructure striking its warehouses, rocket manufacturing capabilities and those that endanger the well-being of the Israelis in the south of the country," he said.

Gaza militants have been bombarding Israel with daily rocket fire for weeks, drawing Israeli airstrikes in retaliation. The nine militants killed overnight Monday made it the deadliest day of fighting so far.

An Israeli army patrol was attacked Monday morning along the Gaza border fence, the military said. No one was injured in the attack it said, which it said may have included a rocket propelled grenade.

Tensions have soared in Israel and Palestinian territories since three Israeli teens - one of them a U.S. citizen - were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank last month.

Last week, the teens' bodies were found in a West Bank field in a gruesome crime Israel blamed on the militant group Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip. Hamas, which has kidnapped Israelis before, praised the kidnappings and deaths of the teenagers but did not take responsibility for it.

Just hours after the youths were buried, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian-American from east Jerusalem, was abducted near his home, and his charred remains were found shortly afterward in a Jerusalem forest. Preliminary autopsy results found he had been burned to death.

Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the slaying, and Israeli leaders appealed for calm amid signs the death was revenge for the recent killings of the three Israeli teens.

His killing set off a wave of violent Palestinian protests in and around Jerusalem that later spread to Arab towns in the north.

Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the murder of the Palestinian teen.

Netanyahu promised to prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.

"We will not allow extremists, it doesn't matter from which side, to inflame the region and cause bloodshed," Netanyahu said in a nationally televised statement soon after it was announced that the suspects were Israeli. "Murder is murder, incitement is incitement, and we will respond aggressively to both," he said.

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mi4556 July 07 2014 at 4:35 AM

Calling Israel's reaction "remorseless" after suffering over 150 missile attacks in two weeks is an absurd statement. Hamasi nitiated the "war" and has no moral right to complain when Israel legitimately defends itself. What would Presient Oama do if the United States was attacked by 150 missiles? If the US responded, would AOL label him remorseless?

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aajarm July 07 2014 at 5:39 AM

Who writes this crap ...a Muslim? Israel is the only country that doesn't take bull from Islam. They are all one of the same and they should keep going until they are all gone!!

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Maudie July 07 2014 at 5:43 AM

Why don't they ever tell about the missiles Palestinians launch towards
Israel every day which kill & maim people every day. Its always the poor Palestinians..never poor Israelies.

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Doug July 07 2014 at 5:28 AM

We knoiw who's side this particular "news" outlet is on with that "remorseless" garbage.

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meemeepit Doug July 07 2014 at 6:25 AM

right on...and the truth is WHY OH WHY am I
even reading their ****???

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Rich July 07 2014 at 4:51 AM

The Israelis should kill 100 Palenstinians for every Israeli killed.

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racjaa July 07 2014 at 4:38 AM

who cares. Hamas is a terrorist organization. I could care less that 7 Hamas members are killed.

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Al Puig racjaa July 07 2014 at 12:51 PM

In reply to "racjaa", you are just using a very old saying, quote: Repeat a LIE often enough and it will become a FACT.

Nevertheless, the terrorists are the Israelis!

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eleanoreln July 07 2014 at 6:33 AM

AOL, You should be ashamed of such a slanted rotten piece of slanted propaganda..Three young Jews were murdered . Dozens of bombs are being fired into Israel every day. It is Boston and 911 for Israel every day.The US is forced to increase security at airports because of a new type of terrorist bomb. You are despicable. What will it take for you to wake up and smell the coffee? Another mass killing of Us citizens on US soil? Terrorism should be fought as soon as it rears its ugly head.

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joonevar3 July 07 2014 at 5:33 AM

Why does the world hate jews? I mean, his is not an aol, cnn, yahoo or a news organization. This is not about a "REMORSELESS" comment. People clearly do not like the jews. We were killed on every occasion. In every country, started by babelonians 2.5k years ago all the way to germans 70 years ago. Wh8y are we at the center of everyones attention. Isnt it but the truth that jews introduced humanity to this world? Our religion is the blue print for major religions in the world today. We are still responsible for major advances in modern technology which even includes our ability to text message. What would this world do without the jews. If you are a non jew, chances are that you do not like the jews one way or another. Have you ever asked yourselves why!??? How can the world not see what in going on in israel. How can the world support the palestenian cause. How can a terror organization run a government which confronts israel and the world still point finger at israel.

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rico41 July 07 2014 at 4:53 AM

Why is this so difficult to see....just stop killing each other and the violence will stop. But, it won't happen because of the intense hatred they have for each other. How would you like to live next to a country where the ruling government "praises the slaughter of three innocent teenagers"?

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libsfault July 07 2014 at 5:16 AM

Is it me or are terrorist getting fatter???

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jdh0516 libsfault July 07 2014 at 8:35 AM

No, that was Chris Christie in his Halloween costume.

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cedatty jdh0516 July 07 2014 at 4:37 PM

Must have orrowed it from you but cleaned up the fecal stains first.

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silkroadg libsfault July 07 2014 at 11:01 AM

Yep.......they are getting lots of MOOOCHELLE CHOW not that Mr. Obama is "training" insurgents to reign in MORE ARAB SRPING!!!

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