Middle East Ending d├ętente, Hamas takes responsibility for today's spike in rocket fire

The dramatic rise is likely to put significant pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to heed calls for an all-out offensive against the Islamist movement.

By , Staff writer

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After days of steadily increasing strikes, Hamas militants in Gaza launched at least 40 rockets tonight alone in what appears to be a decision to escalate the conflict.