이스라엘의 에후드 올메르트 총리는 팔레스타인 과격 무장단체 하마스가 장악하고 있는 가자지구에서 이스라엘 군이 주요 군사작전을 감행할 가능성이 있음을 다시 밝혔습니다.

올메르트 총리는 이스라엘이 하마스의 로켓공격에 대응해 강력한 군사행동을 취할 가능성이 점점 높아지고 있다고 말했습니다.

올메르트 총리는 3일간의 미국 방문을 끝내고 이스라엘에 귀국해  이같이 밝혔습니다.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has again raised the possibility of a major Israeli military operation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Mr. Olmert told reporters in Israel today (Friday) that the country is moving closer to using tough military action to counter cross-border rocket fire from Palestinian militants in Gaza. He made the comment on arrival in Israel today following a three-day trip to the United States.

Mr. Olmert had suggested Thursday in Washington that Israel is not eager to use the military option to end attacks from Gaza. But he said the country also is not afraid to take such a step.

In violence today, Hamas officials said one of its fighters was killed during an Israeli army raid in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said one soldier was wounded in the same clash.