Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Israel Strikes In Gaza After Hamas Rockets

Israel launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip - wounding at least 19 people - after militants fired mortar shells and rockets into the Jewish state.

The Israeli military confirmed one of the later air raids. It said Hamas-affiliated militants were targeted in northern Gaza, as well as a tunnel used to smuggle weapons.

Hamas medical officials said 19 people were wounded in these strikes, including four militants, seven children and two women.

Witnesses in Gaza said Israeli warplanes fired a missile after three mortar rounds were shot at Israel. The Israeli missile landed harmlessly.

Israel fired five more missiles later, at targets including a Hamas security compound in Gaza City and a training camp north of the city.

The violence reflected rising tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian territory, Gaza.

Hamas has stepped up rocket attacks into Israel after a hiatus since the two sides fought a war two years ago.

It claimed responsibility for firing more than two dozen mortars and rockets over the weekend.

But medical officials said Israel killed two Palestinians in Gaza in a separate border confrontation on Saturday. (read more)