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IDF raids Gaza as more rockets rain down on Israeli cities

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Israeli forces entered Gaza early Sunday and raided a missile launching site, an Israeli military source said. It marked the first time the IDF has acknowledged they've entered Gaza in the current conflict.

During the incursion, both sides exchanged gunfire at the launch site.

Four Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in the fighting.

Meanwhile, Hamas fired more rockets into Israel, with one exploding in Ashkelon, critically injuring a teenage girl.

The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire" without making any mention of the Hamas rocket-fire that started the recent uptick in violence. 

Meanwhile on Saturday, sirens went off through-out Israel as more rockets launched from Gaza rained down on dozens of Israeli cities including Tel-Aviv causing chaos in the streets. When the sires go off, citizens generally have anywhere from 15-60 seconds to find a shelter.

So far, no one was reported hurt in the latest barrage, as Israel's phenomenal Iron Dome system has been extremely successful during the recent upsurge in rocket fire from Hamas.

An initial draft of the proposed Security Council resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, expresses "grave concern" at the escalating violence and deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories due to Israeli military operations, particularly against the Gaza Strip, and at the heavy civilian casualties including children.

The council is deeply divided and often paralyzed over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the United States defending close ally Israel and the majority of other council members firmly backing the Palestinians.

The Palestinian draft makes no mention of the firing of hundreds of rockets into Israel by Hamas, which controls Gaza, and that would likely make it unacceptable to the United States if it was introduced in the Security Council.

It calls on the parties in the conflict to abide by their obligations under the Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in war, to refrain from actions that could further destabilize the situation and to make urgent efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution.

The Palestinians began talks on the resolution after an emergency meeting of the council on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said that his forces were fighting Hamas with “increasing intensity” to quell its rocket barrages from Gaza, ignoring outside criticism and calls for restraint in the increasingly deadly Israeli aerial assaults. 

Even as he spoke, Palestinian terrorists fired salvos through-out most of Israel from their bases in Gaza and said their arsenal had barely been dented.

“No international pressure will prevent us from operating with full force against a terrorist organization that calls for our destruction,” Mr. Netanyahu said in remarks broadcast from a news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

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