Israel vows harsher strikes on defiant Hamas as conflict enters 3rd day

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.                                              (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(SOURCE)  Operation Protective Edge entered its third day on Thursday. At least 80 rockets were fired into Israel on Wednesday, hitting as far north as Zichron Ya’akov, bringing the total since Monday night to over 200. In the Israeli Air Force’s hundreds of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, at least 53 Palestinians have been killed and around 500 injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Follow the Times of Israel’s live coverage of the ongoing crisis on our liveblog. (You can find Tuesday’s liveblog here, and Wednesday’s here.)

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