World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the ongoing military operation against the Gaza Strip "might take a long time," according to the Haaretz daily.
Speaking at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to continue the campaign until quiet has been restored.
"We don't know when operation will end; it might take a long time," he was quoted as saying.
The Israeli premier was also quoted by The Jerusalem Post as accusing Hamas of using Gaza's civilians as human shields.
"Hamas was hiding in mosques, putting arms storehouses in hospitals, and placing their command centers near kindergartens," he claimed.
Netanyahu held the Palestinian group responsible for any harm befalling Gaza civilians.
At least 165 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and hundreds injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Palestinian enclave since late Monday.
Israel's military offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," is ostensibly aimed at ending rocket fire from Gaza.
Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets into Israel – without causing any fatalities thus far – in response to the unrelenting Israeli attacks.
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