Rakett fra Gaza dreper thailender

The remains of Palestinian rockets that landed in Sderot. Photographer: Moshe ShaiEn rakett fra Gazastripen drepte en thailandsk fremmedarbeider i 30-årene i Negev-ørkenen i Israel i dag. Dette var den tredje raketten på 24 timer, ifølge IDF (Israel Defence Forces.) Israel lover et «passende og kraftig» svar.

One rocket hit an open area in the south Wednesday night. There were no casualties in the incident, but two women were treated for shock after hearing the Color Red rocket alert. 

Two more rockets were fired on Tuesday at the western Negev, causing no casualties or damages. Residents of nearby communities said they did not hear the rocket alert before the explosion.

The rocket on Thursday was launched as European Union’s foreign affairs chief was visiting the Hamas-controlled enclave.

More than 100 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since Operation Cast Lead ended in January 2009, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel has responsed to strikes since the war with air raids, targeting militants and suspected weapons-manufacturing facilities in the territory.

Hamas Islamists, who seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 in fighting with forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, have been urging other militant groups not to mount attacks on Israel, voicing concern about retaliation.

An unknown Gaza group, Ansar al-Sunna, claimed responsibility for the attack, launched a day before the international Quartet of Middle East peace mediators was to meet in Moscow to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai declared Hamas responsible for the rocket fire, even though it was not launched by militants from the ruling movement.

Deputy Premier Silvan Shalon vowed that «the he Israeli response will be appropriate. It will be strong,» adding: «This is a crossing of the red line, which Israel cannot accept.


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