Israeli airstrikes against Gaza after militant rocket fire continue

An explosion follows an Israeli air strike on July 11 in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's offensive against militants in Gaza shows no signs of slowing.

Palestinian officials say Israeli airstrikes hit a mosque and a centre for the disabled Saturday, killing two women.

That raises the Palestinian death toll from the five-day offensive to more than 120.

Israel launched the strikes five days ago to stop militant rocket fire on its citizens.

Israel's military says the airstrikes have taken out Hamas' command centres, rocket launchers and storage sites.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel will continue to punish Hamas ``until quiet and security returns to southern Israel and the rest of the country.''

The Israeli government has not ruled out a ground assault at some point.


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