2 Israelis injured: Israeli forces launch new Gaza operation
GAZA: Israeli tanks rumbled into the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday to try to stop cross-border rocket attacks. The offensive into the town of Beit Hanoun began just hours after Israeli forces ended a three-day-long incursion into Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza aimed at halting mortar and rocket attacks by militants against nearby Jewish settlements.
“I have ordered the army to act decisively against mortar and Qassam rocket squads,” Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz told reporters after the new raid got under way. Witnesses said about 50 Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers moved into the northern Gaza Strip.
Two people were reported wounded. The army said a rocket fired by Palestinians hurt a soldier. Palestinian medics said troops shot and wounded a Palestinian cameraman working for Israeli television. The raid began after two rockets hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, wounding a woman. Later, mortar bombs wounded two men in an Israeli industrial zone on the border with Gaza. reuters