Israelis must be ready for 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza: Israeli PM

A wheelchair abandoned amid rubble in northern Gaza Strip
PHOTO: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Israel's prime minister says Israelis must be ``ready for a prolonged campaign'' against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu also said in a televised speech Monday that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory.

Meanwhile, a strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people, nine of them children. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack as fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday.

A truce between the sides remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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