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Palestinian mourners carry body Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari killed an Israeli strike Wednesday during his funeral GazCity Thursday

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike on Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Updated: November 15, 2012 9:58AM

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says the army is prepared for a “significant widening” of its operation in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Thursday that Israel has “made it clear” it won’t tolerate continued rocket fire on its civilians.

He says he hopes Hamas has received the message. But if not, he says Israel will take whatever action is necessary to protect its people.

Israel launched the operation on Wednesday, killing Hamas’ military chief and attacking dozens of rocket-launching sites.

Officials have said Israel is prepared to broaden the offensive with a ground invasion of Gaza if necessary.

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