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Cost of botched Gaza Spy Mission? Israel's Back at Brink of War

But deep into the night, both sides were still ratcheting up the conflict. May Kamil Abu Rukun, Israel's coordinator of…

But deep into the night, both sides were still ratcheting up the conflict.

May Kamil Abu Rukun, Israel’s coordinator of the government’s activities in the Palestinian Territories, warned Gaza residents that Hamas had “crossed a red line” and said “Israel will call up its response.”

In Gaza City, employees of Hamas TV station work Al Aqsa warned to evacuate their offices, and the building was soon destroyed by several missile blasts caught on video by spectators. A Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, called the destruction of the station an act of “barbaric aggression”.

The Israeli military said the station was a legitimate goal. “It contributes to Hamas military actions, including providing operational messages to militants, directing and explicitly requesting terrorism against Israel and giving guidance on how to carry out such terrorist activities,” the military said in a statement.

Soon after, Airstrike’s Al Aqsa radio station office and Al Amal Hotel, a Hamas office building, destroyed.

The war began hours after Palestinians and Israelis buried warriors killed on Sunday evening after an Israeli enlightenment mission in the Gaza Strip went wrong when a team of secret operators was challenged by Hamas fighters. A warsuit broke out, and the team called airstrikes to cover their escape.

Six Hamas warriors, including a ruling forces in the Khan Younis area and one member of the popular resistance committees, another armed faction, were killed. An Israeli lieutenant in the elite Maglan unit, a commando war, was also killed in the conflict and was hailed as a national hero at its funeral.

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