Nightly News | November 14, 2012
>>> overseas there is serious concern that a new war in the middle east just became more likely, after the israelis took out the top commander of hamas in a tough attack. more on the report from martin fletcher from tel aviv .
>> reporter: here in benghazi, is the military commander of hamas , he was, is, top of israel 's hit list for years. accused of being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of israelis . he was killed on the spot. israeli leaders say it is the start of a new offensive, including assassinations against the militant leaders. war planes attacked several times, killing two more of the drivers on bikes, and two killed here, several injured, including children. israel says it had no choice after palestinians in gaza fired at least 100 rockets at israel in the last five days.
>> no country would sit by idly and see its civilian population targeted this way. neither will israel .
>> reporter: in gaza, they were determined to fire rockets at tel aviv , they say that israel has opened the gates of hell. palestinians have fired rockets in israeli towns, no serious damage. israelis warn they could expand the operation, including a ground invasion. and there could be more of this. the army warned that no hamas operatives should show their faces above ground in the days ahead. martin fletcher , nbc news, tel avil v.