Israel says it expects a difficult new phase in Gaza


Israel expects tough fighting in the new phase of its war in Gaza, but is open to "constructive advice" to reduce civilian casualties, as long as the suggestions are consistent with its objective of destroying the Palestinian radical group , Hamas - declared a terrorist organization by the United States of America and the European Union - said a spokesman for the Israeli government on Tuesday.

"We are continuing with the second phase now. A second phase that will be difficult militarily," spokesman Eylon Levy told reporters, Reuters reports.