Israeli Air Strikes Hit Gaza in Retaliation for Soldier Deaths

April 2, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The violence between Israel and the Palestinians continues to escalate, with a new air strike waged over Gaza by Israeli planes late Thursday night. The Palestinians were warned of an impending attack earlier in the day, when planes dropped leaflets warning of an air strike in retaliation for the deaths of two Israeli soldiers from a Hamas rocket attack last Friday.

The air strikes targeted four weapons factories, metal workshops, farms, a milk factory and other sites inside the Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas. Three children were reported injured by flying debris from the explosions.

Israel released a statement to the BBC suggesting future retaliatory attacks. The Israeli military said Israel would “not tolerate terroristic activity inside Gaza that threatens Israeli citizens.” Israel says it has been hit by about 20 rocket attacks in the past month alone, with one rocket killing a farm worker.

According to the report by the BBC, Hamas officials are asking for help from the international community:

“Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has called on the international community to intervene in the latest cycle of violence between Gaza and Israel in order to avoid a possible escalation. We are contacting the other Palestinian factions in order to reach an internal consensus as to the measures we may take in order to protect our people and strengthen our unity,” Mr Haniya said.”

U.S. mediated indirect talks between the Palestinians and Israel broke down last month, in the wake of Israeli’s announcement to build 1,600 new Jewish homes in the disputed area of East Jerusalem.

Photo Source: BBC


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