Israeli Prime Minister says Defense Forces 'are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation' as President Obama affirms Israel's right to defend itself.
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was prepared to widen its Gaza offensive significantly.
"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation," he told his cabinet, in broadcast remarks.
He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground offensive.
Ten Palestinian civilians were killed on Sunday in an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza, Palestinian medics said, the highest civilian death toll in a single incident during five days of fighting.
Medics said three women, six children and one man were killed in the attack on the three-story building. An Israeli military spokesman said he was checking the report.
Israeli strikes also hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Palestinian militants meanwhile fired at least one more long-range rocket at Tel Aviv, the fourth day in a row the city has come under fire.
The rocket was intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system.
Netanyahu’s comments come as President Barack Obama, on a three-country tour of Asia, asserted Israel’s right to defend itself from missile attacks.
"No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people, Obama said Sunday at a news conference Sunday in Bangkok.
Any effort to resolve the conflict in Gaza "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory," he said.