Gaza attacks cause tens of thousands of Israelis to flee

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As militants continue to launch rocket fire and mortars into Israel, tens of thousands of Israelis have fled their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip. At the same time, a new round of Israeli air strikes has killed several Palestinians.

The fighting has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, according to Gaza officials, leveled thousands of buildings and left tens of thousands of people homeless. The death toll on the Israeli side has been much lower, largely because of Israel’s network of air raid sirens, bomb shelters and the Iron Dome missile-defense system. Yet Israel’s defenses have been largely ineffective against short-range mortar fire.

CCTV America’s Roee Ruttenberg reports from Tel Aviv.

Israeli families have begun evacuating their homes

A new round of Israeli air strikes has killed several Palestinians, while militants launched rocket fire and mortars into Israel. Tens of thousands of Israelis have fled their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip.