Israel strikes back after terror attack
Gaza militants on Friday fired 12 rockets into Israel, seriously injuring one person after a night of Israeli air strikes which killed a teenager and hurt 17 other people.world Updated: Aug 20, 2011 00:53 IST
Gaza militants on Friday fired 12 rockets into Israel, seriously injuring one person after a night of Israeli air strikes which killed a teenager and hurt 17 other people.
Most of them caused no injuries or damage but two struck the southern coastal town of Ashdod on Friday morning, damaging a school and a synagogue and seriously wounding one person, Israeli police and the military said.
The uptick in rocket attacks came as Israeli fighter jets staged seven overnight air strikes on targets across Gaza which killed a teenager and injured 17 people, Palestinian medics said.
The Israeli strikes were launched just hours after a series of deadly attacks near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, which killed eight Israelis in an operation Israel blamed on the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees. Shortly after the attacks on a desert road, Israel attacked targets in southern Gaza, killing six — including four top PRC militants.
The group vowed bitter revenge and claimed responsibility for firing two Grad rockets toward the port city of Ashkelon and seven mortars at an army post near the southernmost point of the Israel-Gaza border, close to Egypt.
Syria fires at protesters
AMMAN: Forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad fired live ammunition to disperse protests demanding his removal in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor and the southern Hauran Plain, activists said, as demonstrations broke out across the country. A demonstration in Takaya Street in Deir al-Zor, where one protester was killed two days ago, came under fire after Friday prayers.
First Published: Aug 20, 2011 00:48 IST