Sirens sound in Jerusalem as residents run for cover as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says strikes will increase until Hamas is hit hard. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Sirens in Jerusalem as residents head for cover as rockets target the holy city. As evening falls a southern Israeli town is hit. No one was injured. Israel says more than 400 rockets have been fired over its borders since Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to fight on. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "So far we the battle is progressing as planned, but we can expect more stages in the future. Until now we have hit Hamas and the terror organizations hard and as the battle continues we will increase our strikes at them." Medical officials in Hamas-dominated Gaza say at least 60 civilians, including a four-year-old girl were killed Thursday, . Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he fears an Israeli ground invasion into Gaza. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYING: "The Israeli government has said it will conduct a ground operation in Gaza, which may start within hours. This morning we were informed that the residents of the border area were asked to leave their homes and go inland." Israeli army video shows reserve soldiers mobilized at army base in Israel. The latest violence was sparked after three Jewish students were killed in the occupied West Bank last month and a Palestinian youth died in a suspected revenge attack.