Middle East Despite reservist call-up, Israel sees ground offensive as last resort

Israel launched airstrikes on militants' homes and called up 40,000 reservists amid a dramatic increase in rockets from Gaza, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.

By , Staff writer , Correspondent

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Israel and Gaza are locked in the worst cross-border violence since the November 2012 war, with rockets flying into southern Israel at a fast clip and Israeli airstrikes leveling homes in Gaza. How this will develop is unclear – Israel has signaled reluctance to stage a ground operation, but Hamas sees little reason to exercise restraint.