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U.S. condemns rocket fire from Gaza

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The White House Thursday strongly condemned the barrage of rockets being launched into Israel from Gaza, denouncing them as “cowardly acts” perpetuated by Hamas.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters traveling with President Obama on Air Force One that there is “no justification” for the violence by Hamas and other terrorist organizations and called for it to stop immediately.

While Hamas claims to represent the Palestinian people, Mr. Carney said its actions are hurting the Palestinian cause.

As the Israeli military pressed ahead with a second day of air strikes on Palestinian targets, militants in Gaza sent nearly 150 rockets into southern Israel Thursday, killing three people.

Israel is threatening to invade the Palestinian territory amid the most intense fighting between Israel and Hamas in four years. On Wednesday, Israel killed the head of Hamas’ militant wing and destroyed dozens of its rocket launchers.

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