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    180 Airstrikes Hit Gaza on Saturday

    Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli strike in Gaza, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with more than 180 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on militant operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel's violent confrontation with Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Ariel Schalit / AP Photo

    The total number of airstrikes Israel has launched into the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the current conflict has risen to over 800 after the region was bombarded by 180 attacks on Saturday alone. Targeted in this round were the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound, and a network of tunnels used for smuggling as well as previous targets, such as underground rocket-launch sites and weapon-storage facilities. The attacks came in retaliation to a Palestinian strikes that hit near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Friday.

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