Israeli raid injures Gaza children

At least nine Palestinians wounded in attack as Olmert considers expanded military action.

    The Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed to have fired Wednesday's rocket at Israel [Reuters file]

    The military later said that a second missile was fired into southern Israel from Gaza early on Thursday, but that no damage or injuries were caused.

    Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Gaza City, said: "These kinds of attacks cause a lot of tension amongst the people, and there is apprehension that these tit-for-tat attacks could escalate and a full on war could resume."

    Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, has called for a security cabinet meeting to discuss expanding the military response to Gaza rocket fire, sources tell Al Jazeera.

    Rockets fired

    The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military arm of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, claimed responsibility for Wednesday night's rocket attack from Gaza - the first since Palestinian factions declared their own ceasefire with Israel.

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    The rocket landed at the kibbutz or agricultural commune of Reim, in the southern Israeli Eshkol region, an Israeli military spokesman said on Thursday.

    The attack came after Israeli jets carried out raids on tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border earlier on Wednesday - the first tunnel bombing since it halted its 22-day offensive on January 18.

    The Israeli army said in a statement on Wednesday that its air force had hit a number of "Hamas smuggling tunnels" in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack by Palestinians on a vehicle patrol the previous day.

    Gaza fighters had killed an Israeli soldier and wounded three others in the attack along a border fence.

    Shortly after the bomb attack on Tuesday, Israeli aircraft killed one Palestinian on a motorcycle in an air attack.

    Hamas confirmed that one of its members was injured in the attack in the town of Khan Yunis.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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