Israel is “getting closer” to carrying out a sweeping military operation in the Gaza Strip to counter Palestinian rocket attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sept 26. But Barak said any operation is not likely to be “simple” in terms of the number of forces involved and the amount of time it might last. In fresh attacks on Sept. 26, militants in the Hamas-run territory said they fired more than 12 rockets at the southern Israeli town of Sderot. (Reuters)

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