Israel Drawn Into Gaza Clash
Posted on May 17, 2007
After five days of fighting between rival Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, Israel has entered the fray, responding to rocket attacks on its soil with airstrikes in Gaza. The BBC reports that two Hamas officers were killed in the air attacks, and that at least 40 people have been killed since violence erupted last weekend.
An Israeli air strike destroyed the second floor of a two-story building belonging to the Executive Force, a militia force with the task of maintaining security in Gaza.
Hamas’s armed wing threatened to renew suicide bombings in Israel after the strike.
A second Israeli air attack targeted a car carrying militants in Gaza City, Israel’s military said. A Hamas official told Associated Press news agency one senior commander was killed and another wounded.
Israel also confirmed a third strike. Local sources said one Hamas militant was killed in an attack on a housing unit for security guards of a senior Hamas official.