Gaza Death Toll Hits 15 in Worst Israel, Palestinian Clashes Since October [View all]
By Gwen Ackerman and Saud Abu Ramadan - Sat Mar 10 16:00:19 GMT 2012
Israeli airstrikes killed at least 15 Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and rocket fire wounded at least four Israelis as the worst violence in months escalated into a second day.
“The Israeli military will strike anyone who plans to hurt Israeli citizens,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said today in an e-mailed statement.
Gaza health official Adham Abu Selmeya reported 15 dead, all of them members of militant groups, and 25 wounded. An Israeli army spokeswoman, speaking anonymously in accordance with regulations, said four Israelis were wounded, one seriously.
The latest round of bloodshed started with an Israeli air strike on a vehicle in Gaza yesterday that killed two Palestinians the army said were planning an attack from the Egyptian-controlled Sinai Peninsula. An attack from Sinai on the Israeli resort of Eilat killed eight in August.