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(CNN) – At least 19 people were killed in Gaza Wednesday by Israeli military airstrikes.
The Israel Defense Forces claim that they have hit more than 500 Hamas targets since Monday; the Palestinians say the strikes come at a huge cost.
More than 50 people have been killed this week, including women and children, some believed to be the families of Hamas members, and more than 500 injured. But the militants in Gaza continue to fire rockets.
At least 70 flew into Israel Wednesday, towards major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and possibly beyond.
So the Israeli government is showing no signs of backing down. Their cabinet has authorized the military to call up as many as 40,000 troops, and officials have hinted at using forces on the ground.
Israeli Ambassador to the US. joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.