Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

Eight missiles fired at southern Israel two days after ceasefire ends.

    The Islamic Jihad group has claimed
    responsibility for the attack [AFP]

    Air raid launched

    Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Gaza Strip, said that the Israeli military launched an air raid into Gaza, targeting a rocket firing squad.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    More than 30 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday, while one Palestinian fighter was killed in an Israeli air raid.

    Those respective attacks came a day after a six-month-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended.

    Tel Aviv has said will not take military action if the Palestinian fighters hold their fire, but it has said it will begin a dedicated military operation in Gaza if rocket fire barrages continue.

    "The scenarios are clear, the plans are clear, the determination is clear, and so are the ramifications of each of the steps. A responsible government is not happy to go to war, but does not evade it," Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, said in his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

    In recent months, Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of Gaza in what it calls a response to rocket fire from Palestinian squads.

    Human rights groups have criticised the Israeli restrictions, saying that they amount to collective punishment of the Gaza Strip's 1.4 million Palestinians.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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