Israel attacks south Gaza tunnels

Air raids come after Palestinian fighters fire rocket into Israeli town.

     A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit Ashkelon and damaged several cars [AFP]

    A Hamas military position near Khan Younis, also in southern Gaza, was hit, witnesses said. The Israeli army had earlier told residents to leave the area.

    Israeli warning

    Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, said at a security conference in Herzliya: "I suggest Hamas doesn't fool around with us.

    "The air force is operating in Gaza as we speak. We promised calm in the south and we will keep our promise."

    The rocket fired earlier from the Gaza Strip into Ashkelon damaged several cars.

    The missile is the first to land in Ashkelon since Israel and Hamas, which has de facto control of Gaza, announced separate ceasefires on January 17 and January 18 respectively.

    More than 1,300 Palestinians, at least a third of whom were women and children, were killed in Israel's war on Gaza, which had the stated aim of preventing rocket attacks into Israel.

    Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, died during the 22-day conflict.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.