Netanyahu says Gaza militants will pay 'very heavy price' over rocket fire

FILE PHOTO: Special cabinet meeting on the occasion of Jerusalem Day, in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip will "pay a very heavy price," after a day of Gaza rocket fire and Israeli air strikes on the Palestinian coastal enclave.

"We are at the height of a weighty campaign," Netanyahu said in televised remarks alongside his defence minister and military chief. "Hamas and Islamic Jihad paid ... and will pay a very heavy price for their belligerence ... their blood is forfeit."

(Reporting by Dan Williams; Writing by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Leslie Adler)