Hamas today warned Israel it would face a military escalation after its warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip following rocket fire from the Palestinian territory. The French Press Agency reports that ‘The occupation (Israel) will pay the price for any aggression against our people or resistance sites and the response will be direct,’ said the Islamist group, which rules Gaza. ‘We will increase and expand our response to the extent that the occupation persists in its aggression,’ the group added in a statement.