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Israeli PM says will take 'whatever action is necessary' to defend Israel

Last modified: 15 Nov 2012 17:47

Israel will take "whatever action is necessary" to defend its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday as the military pressed a massive operation in Gaza.

Netanyahu's remarks at a televised press conference in Tel Aviv came after Israel carried out 24 hours of air strikes on Gaza, killing 15 Palestinians.

Over the same period, fighters fired more than 200 rockets at Israel, killing three people and injuring 16, police and medics said.

Israel will "continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people," the prime minister said, adding that the army was prepared to "significantly expand the action" in Gaza.

The Israeli air force had "caused significant damage to the Fajr rockets aimed at Tel Aviv, the (surrounding) Dan region and north of that," he added, referring to Iranian-built missiles which have a range of up to 75 kilometres.

- Agence France Presse