- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Airstrikes from Israel flattened the three-story home of a top political leader for Hamas, along with a key radio and television station and the only power station in Gaza early Tuesday.

Israel’s attack came on the heels of a Palestinian assault on Israel that saw between four and eight gunmen burst through a tunnel and kill five IDF soldiers, The New York Times reported.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF spokesman, said Israel had found the tunnel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, but “did not know where its opening was” and that Hamas terrorists “only opened the tunnel immediately close to the time of the attack,” The New York Times reported.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a long conflict, Fox News reported. In the last 24 hours, Israel has hit more than 150 targets in Gaza, including the fuel tanks at the site’s only power plant, leaving more than 1.8 million citizens with rolling blackouts, NBC News reported.

“There is a major disaster that has now started across Gaza,” Jamal Dersawi, the plant’s general manager, told NBC News. “The power station has stopped, so production has stopped.”

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