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Israeli army strikes Gaza

Palestinian rescue services say three Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli tank fire in the latest surge of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

world Updated: Apr 08, 2011 15:49 IST

Palestinian rescue services say three Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli tank fire in the latest surge of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The spike in violence began on Thursday when Gaza militants rocketed an Israeli school bus near the border, seriously wounding the driver and a 16-year-old boy. This triggered strikes by Israel's military that killed three militants, one Hamas policeman and a civilian.

The rescue services said the three wounded were hit by tank shells on Friday morning. It was not clear if they were militants or civilians.

Palestinian militant factions asked for a cease-fire overnight. But Israeli Cabinet minister Matan Vilnai told Army Radio that Israel would continue to act "so that this type of fire will not continue and the people behind the fire will regret it."