Palestinian death toll rises

NETIVOT, ISRAEL - JULY 10:  People survey damage to a house made by a rocket that hit from Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014 in Netivot, Israel.  Due to the recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army have started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip and are into the third day of operation "Protective Edge".  (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images) (Ilia Yefimovich, 2014 Getty Images)
Tensions Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border (Ilia Yefimovich, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/10 8:49 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of people killed in the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has reached at least 85, as Israel again targeted hundreds of Hamas sites today.

The Palestinians say the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe. They say eight people were killed at the cafe while watching a World Cup match on TV, and that eight members of a family died when the home was hit in southern Gaza. Israel's military says it's investigating both incidents. Israel says militants deliberately endanger civilians by using homes and other civilian buildings for cover.

The Israeli military also says it struck a car in Gaza carrying three Islamic Jihad militants involved in firing rockets. Israel's missile defense system, meanwhile, intercepted more rockets fired toward Israel's heartland today. Remnants of one missile landed in a gas station in Tel Aviv after being shot down.

Israel has said Hamas must end its rocket fire from Gaza for Israel to consider a truce. Hundreds of rockets have struck across the length of Israel, disrupting life across the country.

Although Israel has mobilized 20,000 reservists for a possible ground operation in Gaza, a military spokesman says the focus for now is on the air campaign. Peter Lerner says, "The ground option needs to be the last option, and only if it is absolutely necessary."


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