Mid East tensions felt by local resident

Missle strike in Rafah
Smoke and fire rise from an Israeli missle strike in Rafah, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to halt the airstrikes immediately and appealed for calm, however, he has little influence over a Gaza Strip that is ruled by Hamas militants who violently overthrew forces loyal to him in 2007. Smaller and more radical forces than Hamas are also involved in rocket fire from Gaza.. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Israel’s prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, insisting international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100.

Addressing a news conference, Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off a question about possible cease-fire efforts, signaling there was no end in sight to the operation.

“I will end it when our goals are realized. And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet,” Netanyahu said.

Israel says it launched the offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza. The Israeli military says it has hit more than 1,100 targets, mostly what it identified as rocket-launching sites, bombarding the territory on average every five minutes.

WKBN First News spoke with Al Adi who is a Youngstown resident and owner of the Downtown Circle restaurant. Adi has family in the Middle East and is following the situation minute by minute. He said the tensions and violence deals with power on a global scale.

“This is related to what is happening in Syria. It is related to what is happening in Iraq. It is related to what is happening in Ukraine. It is related to what is happening in the whole world,” said Adi. “Things are changing dramatically and someone is paying the bill.”

Adi thinks there will be peace in the region one day, but said it will not be achieved with war.

At least 106 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, have been killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, including 21 Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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