A Gaza explosion from Israeli aerial bombardments of the people. Hamas, the legitimately elected government of the Palestinian Authority, has been villified in the corporate press., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
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Israel launches air raids on Gaza
November 12, 20122:39PM
THE Israeli airforce has carried out several raids on the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire towards southern Israel, the army says.
The air raids on Sunday night targeted a smuggling tunnel and an arms cache in the northern Gaza Strip as well as a rocket launch site in the area, a military spokesman said on Monday, adding that the targets had been hit.
Israel warned the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday that it would pay a "heavy price" for the latest barrage of rocket attacks into the Jewish state and that the conflict could escalate.
The flare-up, which began on Saturday, as well as the tough statements from Israeli officials, have raised the spectre of a broader Israeli operation against Gaza, along the lines of its devastating Operation Cast Lead over the New Year of 2009.
On Saturday evening Gaza militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep along the Gaza border, injuring four soldiers, one of them severely. Three remained in hospital on Sunday.
Israel's retaliation left six Palestinians dead before Sunday night's air raids.