Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country's military is prepared to extend its operation against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
His comments came after the head of the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, was killed.
He died when when his car was targeted during Israeli air strikes in the territory.
These followed a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.
"Today we've sent a clear message to Hamas and to other terrorist organisations," Mr Netanyahu said in a televised address.
"And if there is a need, the Israeli Defence Forces are prepared to widen the operation. We will continue to do everything to defend our citizens."
Jabari and another Hamas official who died alongside him were among at least nine people killed in Gaza on Wednesday by the Israeli strikes and that number would probably rise, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, Riyad Mansou, told reporters in New York.
Jabari, who was 46, is the most senior Hamas official to be killed in the Gaza Strip since the major Israeli offensive four years ago.
Outside the hospital to which Jabari's body was taken, angry Gaza residents chanted "retaliation" and "We want you to hit Tel Aviv tonight". more
Harry's latest reports says that two missiles have hit Tel Aviv but not confirmed by any other sources. Also two airstrikes on Jabaliya in last few minutes and huge explosions around Gaza City. Death toll so far is at least 8.
CAIRO -- Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel after an Israeli airstrike killed the military commander of Gaza's ruling Hamas.
In a statement read on state TV late Wednesday, spokesman Yasser Ali said that President Mohammed Morsi recalled the ambassador and asked the Arab League's Secretary General to convene an emergency ministerial meeting in the wake of the Gaza violence.
Morsi also called for an immediate cease fire between Israel and Hamas, an offshoot of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. Israel says it struck in response to rocket attacks from Gaza.
Hours earlier, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group denounced the Israeli airstrike as a "crime that requires a quick Arab and international response to stem these massacres." more
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's army launched multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip after killing the head of Hamas' military wing on Wednesday.
Palestinian officials said six people were killed in the strikes, including 7-year-old Ranan Arafat in the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City.
Earlier, an Israeli jet hit a vehicle in Gaza City, killing al-Qassam Brigades leader Ahmad al-Jaabari, and his aide Muhammad Al-Hums.
The assassination was followed by strikes on Hamas’ police and security forces headquarters across the Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said dozens were wounded.
The Israeli army said it was targeting long range rockets sites and said Gaza "has turned it into a frontal base for Iran firing rockets and carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens." more
The Palestinians reported on Wednesday that Ahmad Jabari, head of Hamas military wing, was hit in a targeted strike by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier, the Hamas government reported that Israeli aircraft attacked a car in the Gaza Strip, critically wounding two passengers. wing, was hit in a targeted strike by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. wing, was hit in a targeted strike by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the incident, which appeared to end a 24-hour lull in cross-border violence that surged this week. wing, was hit in a targeted strike by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told mayors of southern Israeli cities under rocket attack that it was his responsibility to choose the right time to "exact the heaviest price" for the continual rocket fire from Gaza. more
CAIRO, NOV 14: Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood have sharply criticised Israeli leaders over airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, accusing them of heating up the conflict to score political points ahead of elections.
The latest round of violence began on Saturday, with rocket attacks from Gaza militants and Israeli airstrikes that killed seven Palestinians.
More than 100 rockets have exploded in Israel since the week-end. The exchanges appeared to die down yesterday.
Also, Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher on Monday after a mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, fuelling concerns that Israel could be dragged into the Syrian civil war.
In its statement, the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party referred to Israel as a “Zionist occupier” and a “racist state", placing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the “fringes” of the “far right".
“In the framework of elections that Israel is witnessing is a recent military escalation against occupied Gaza and the occupied Golan Heights,” the statement said. Israel has set parliamentary elections for January 22. more