(London Daily Mail) Israel tonight stood on the brink of full-scale war with Hamas as thousands of troops were deployed to the border with Gaza and 30,000 reservists were put on standby for a ground invasion.

As the country’s missile defence system ‘Iron Dome’ blasted militant rockets out of the sky, the streets of Tel Aviv were filled with the sound of alarms.

Terrified Israelis spent the day cowering in their homes – as did families in Gaza as tit-for-tat missile strikes in the wake of the assassination of a Hamas leader intensified throughout the day.

Earlier today, a Hamas rocket killed three Israelis in an apartment building and injured two others north of the Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian death toll in the latest spate of violence rose to 19, six of them children.

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