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Israel launches massive airstrikes on downtown Gaza City, Netanyahu says: ‘We have only started’

Israel’s counteroffensive into Gaza extended through the night, including airstrikes in Gaza City, home to Hamas’ centers of government.

Israeli warplanes pounded downtown Gaza City with relentless bombardments into early Tuesday, after Israel’s prime minister vowed retaliation against the Islamic militant group that would “reverberate for generations.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a nationally televised address, where he said: “We have only started striking Hamas.”

He added: “What we will do to our enemies in the coming days will reverberate with them for generations.”

The four-day-old war has already claimed at least 1,600 lives, after Hamas terrorists invaded the Gaza-Israel border and attacked towns and villages. 

Israel saw gun battles in the streets of its own towns for the first time in decades.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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