New Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire at Israel
Palestinian rockets thudded into southern Israel again on Thursday
in the latest round of tit-for-tat fire across the Gaza border.
"There were two rockets that were fired in the general direction
of one of the kibbutzim," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told
AFP, without reporting damage or injuries.
Earlier an unspecified "projectile" was fired from Gaza into
southern Israel, also causing no casualties, the Israeli military
Israeli jets bombed three sites in Gaza on Wednesday night in
response to rocket fire from the coastal strip earlier the same
day, Palestinian officials and the military said.
The airstrikes were the second in as many days, as rocket fire
from Gaza into Israel increased after months of relative quiet.
The military said its aircraft targeted three tunnels, two used
for smuggling in southern Gaza and one "used for terrorist
activity" in the north of the Palestinian territory.
"The tunnels were targeted in response to the firing of rockets at
Israel's southern communities during the previous day," the
Palestinian medical sources said five people were moderately
wounded in the strikes and two people were reported missing.
The Israeli strikes overnight came after similar air raids a day
The military said those strikes targeted two "weapons
manufacturing sites" in northern Gaza. Palestinian medical sources
said one woman was moderately injured in the raids.
The rocket fire and retaliatory raids represented the first
significant uptick in violence in the area since April, when
tensions rose after an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an
Israeli school bus, killing a teenager.
Israel responded with a series of airstrikes that killed at least
19 Palestinians in the deadliest violence since Israel's
devastating 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip in December
The violence raised fears of another such assault, but on April 10
the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip declared a return to the truce
that ended Israel's "Operation Cast Lead" in January 2009, and the
calm has since largely held.