Israeli Planes Attack Gaza Strip

Tensions are high again in the Israel-Gaza Strip border. Reports said Israeli war planes fired at several targets in the Gaza Strip in an apparent retaliation to a rocket attack that has been claimed by an obscure Gazan group. Hit in the attacks were suspected smuggling routes along the Egyptian border and a metal factory just outside Gaza City.

Hamas security officials said at least two civilians were wounded in the Israeli airstrikes. The Israeli military has confirmed the attacks, which come a day after a Thai migrant worker was killed in the Israeli agricultural village of Netiv Haasarah.

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom had vowed that the rocket attack, the first since the Gaza War ended in January last year, would result in serious repercussions. Israel has also lodged a complaint with the United Nations after the rocket attack. A group calling themselves the Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack that shattered the 14-month calm in the region.