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Gaza crisis: 'Israel has the right to defend itself'

Israel will continue its operation to "protect its people" from an "unacceptable situation", according to a spokesperson for the Israeli Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich told the BBC's Ben Brown in Ashkelon that the country had the right to defend itself.

Israel mounted a huge attack on Gaza overnight, targeting dozens of locations. Later, Gaza militants targeted Tel Aviv with a missile but there were no casualties.