Israel Sends Tanks Back to Gaza
Israel launched an airstrike and ground assault into Gaza after a bomb on the Israeli side of the border killed a soldier. The troops pulled back into Israel soon afterward, according to the BBC. The raid was of a smaller scale than the fighting that ended just 10 days ago, but shows the difficult work ahead for George Mitchell, the new U.S. envoy, who is headed to the region.
Israel also closed Gaza’s borders, choking off vital aid, in response to the bombing.
Palestinian sources say 20 Israeli tanks and seven army bulldozers have made an incursion.
Two people were also wounded in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis.
Hospital sources say one was a member of Hamas’ Popular Resistance Committee who was on a motorbike at the time, and the other was a passer-by.