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Netanyahu: Israel will continue air strikes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel refuses to halt its air strikes on the Palestinian Authority-controlled Gaza Strip.

He made the remark in a televised speech on Friday.

Netanyahu said he had phone conversations with US President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

Netanyahu said no international pressure will prevent Israel from acting with all its power. He said Israel will expand its air strikes in a few days.

During a 4-day military campaign, Israel has fired rockets at more than 1,000 targets including rocket launching pads of the Islamist militant group Hamas.

The attacks have killed 96 people including women and children. They have wounded 700.

On Friday, streets were deserted in Gaza while Palestinians attended prayer services.

Gaza residents told NHK that Israel does not distinguish civilians from militants. They said the air strikes have destroyed daily life.

Jul. 11, 2014 - Updated 20:18 UTC