Home > News > World
Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 10:05:02 PM
Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 10:06:05 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will take "whatever action is necessary" to halt Hamas cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza and restore calm but insisted his forces were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties there.
"We try to target military targets and unfortunately there are civilian casualties which we regret and we don’t seek," Netanyahu told CNN shortly after an Israeli attack on a Gaza neighbourhood killed at least 62 Palestinians.
He accused Hamas of deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and of using Gaza residents as "human shields." Asked how long it would take Israel to complete an operation it says is intended to destroy Hamas weapons tunnels, Netanyahu said it was being done "fairly quickly," but gave no time frame.
Asked whether Israel intends to reoccupy the Gaza Strip, he said: "Nobody wants to go to excessive military lengths."
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Netanyahu sees extended Gaza military campaign
Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire
Netanyahu says Israel to intensify offensive against Hamas in Gaza
Netanyahu - Israel shunning truce talks until fire from Gaza stops
Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign - Netanyahu
Russia to seek new partners if Western oil majors leave - minister
Iran nuclear talks may be extended as U.S. sees 'big gaps'
Demonstrators clash with French police over protester death
Voting gets underway in Tunisian presidential election
Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus
Putin says Russia is not isolated: TASS
Waterstones partners with Airbnb for a sleepover for winners
'Call of Duty' blasts past US$10bil in sales
Woods working with new swing teacher Como
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)