Israel, Hamas escalate attacks as both sides point fingers, remain far apart in cease-fire demands | Fox News

Israel ramped up targeted attacks on suspected militants in Gaza Monday as Hamas fighters fired hundreds of rockets at Israel — but both sides say its up to the other to end the fighting that has killed nearly 100 people and wounded hundreds on both sides of the conflict.

Israel escalated its bombing campaign and began attacking homes of activists in Hamas over the weekend, and on Monday an Israeli missile strike on a media center killed a senior militant.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Iron Dome intercepted 19 rockets Monday alone — the defense system has intercepted 324 rockets since Operation “Pillar of Defense” began six days ago.

Egypt is leading the efforts to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but both sides are far apart in their demands.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said at a press conference Monday in Egypt that Palestinian weapons had caught Israel “off guard.”

“Whoever started the war must end it,” Meshaal reportedly said.

An Israeli official said Israel hoped to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis and signaled Egypt was likely to play a key role in enforcing any truce.

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