Palestinians: IDF shells kill 4 Gazans, including children
France concerned by escalation, calls for restraint; IDF says mortars fired at Kassam launch site, blames Hamas for operating in civilian areas; Hamas: "Escalation will be met with escalation"; Kassam fired at Ashkelon.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
March 22, 2011 16:48
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Palestinian boy carried into hospital Gaza injured 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah)
reported that four people were killed, including several children, and
several others were injured when IDF shells hit a house east of
Gaza City on
Palestinian medics said the dead youths were aged 12, 16 and 17. The
58-year-old owner of the house was also killed.
Hamas repeats commitment to keep unofficial truce
Israel vows to avenge Gaza mortar barrage
Palestinian rocket slams into Ashkelon
Analysis: Gaza escalation shows IDF deterrence eroding
The IDF spokesperson said that following the launch of Kassam rockets, that the IDF fired mortar shells at the Kassam launch site. Apparently, innocent civilians were hit in the strike.
The spokesperson stressed, however, that Hamas was responsible for firing Kassams from within densely populated civilian areas.
A short time earlier, four Kassam rockets exploded in open fields
in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or property damage
said on Tuesday it was concerned about an escalation in violence in the
Gaza Strip this week and called on both sides to show restraint.
are worried by the mounting rocket fire on Israeli territory -- which
we have condemned -- and by the Israeli army's operations in the Gaza
strip," French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages told a press
"We have called on both sides to show the greatest
restraint in order to avoid any escalation in violence which recent
history has show can have disastrous consequences," she said.
Hamas said in a statement that it would respond strongly to Israel's actions.
"The escalation will not pass unanswered. Escalation will be met with escalation and calm will be met with calm," it said.
Following that statement, yet another Kassam rocket was fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon. The rocket, launched from the northern Gaza Strip, landed in open fields outside the on Tuesday evening.
Earlier in the day, the IDF successfully thwarted an attack on soldiers
in the northern Gaza strip on Tuesday, the IDF spokesperson said.
IDF force identified a group of terrorists preparing to fire an
anti-tank missile at them and fired on the men, successfully striking
Palestinian sources said that two people were injured in that attack.
IDF operation followed yet another launch of Kassam rockets into Israel
early on Tuesday morning, falling in open fields in the Eshkol Regional
Council area. No one was injured in the attack.
The IDF Spokesman
Unit overnight Monday confirmed that IAF aircraft attacked two terror
tunnels, two sites used for the manufacturing and storage of weapons and
two further terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.
targets were identified and all planes returned safely to their base," a
statement by the IDF read. "The attack was in response to recently
conducted attacks on southern communities," the statement continued.
"The IDF will not tolerate the continued attack of settlements close to Gaza," the IDF statement said.
medical officials said 19 people were wounded in the Israeli air
strikes, including four terrorists, seven children and two women.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.