The Utility of Force in Gaza
Two soldiers were killed in an ambush by insurgents in Narathiwat province. One soldier and two civilians were killed in separate attacks in Pattani province. Seven soldiers were wounded in a bombing as they were guarding a rail line in Yala province.
Prime Minister Olmert said airstrikes and blockades are the “first stage” in the Gaza operation; Defense Minister Barak said the operation will intensify. Israeli defense officials have recommended a 48-hour ceasefire with Hamas. Hamas has launched 17 rockets into southern Israel.
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