2 hurt as Gaza missile hits Israeli bus

2011-04-07 15:51

Jerusalem - An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel on Thursday, wounding two people, including a teenager, critically, Israeli officials said.

Israeli tanks quickly retaliated by opening fire across the border, killing a 50-year-old man and wounding seven other people, Palestinian medics said.

The sudden outbreak of violence illustrated the fragile situation along the Israel-Gaza border, where small bouts of violence can quickly escalate into heavy-scale warfare.

Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, ordered the army to respond quickly and said he held the Hamas militant group, which rules Gaza, responsible for the violence. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Israeli medical services said the bus was nearly empty after dropping off school children and was carrying only the driver and a lone passenger at the time of the attack.

Paramedics were trying to resuscitate a 16-year-old boy with a serious head wound at the scene. The driver was moderately wounded.

Rising tensions

TV footage showed a yellow bus with its windows blown out and its rear charred. Police said it was struck by an anti-tank missile.

After a two-year lull, tensions have been rising between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza over the past few weeks.

Palestinian officials reported tank fire toward Gaza shortly after the missile attack. The Israeli fire killed a 50-year-old man and wounded seven people, confirmed Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmiya.

Israel usually responds with tough reprisals to Palestinian attacks. It also launched an airstrike on a Hamas training facility in northern Gaza.

The missile attack came hours after Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against tunnels it says are used by militants to smuggle weapons under the Egyptian border and carry out attacks.

Hamas and other Gaza militants have fired thousands of projectiles toward southern Israel in previous years. Israel launched a massive offensive in late 2008 to counter the near daily barrage.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-07 16:54

    Why stop there. Continue through to the sea and wipe them all out!

  • GeneralCS - 2011-04-07 16:59

    Geez, these people are real idiots. They prod Israel and then when Israel retaliates they complain?

  • John - 2011-04-07 17:02

    It's time for another massive offensive. The Palestinians understand no other language.

      MSMGathoo - 2011-04-07 17:14

      Yes John, and GeneralICS. This si the only language Israel understands, mass violence. Justice is beyond their,a nd your comprehension.

  • Carlos - 2011-04-07 17:44

    como pueden haber tanto sarcasmos por muertes continuamente entre Israel y los palestinos tantos años matandose unos a los otros sin aun haber soluciones de paz entre esto dos pueblos que han sufrido tanto se juega al exterminio ? Israel le quita las tierras a los Palestinos y los palestinos aterrorisan a los Judios tirando missele es esto permisible que se odien tanto? y que cuando se dice que hay alguna idea de solucion es para ganar tiempo uno del otro no señores no se llegara jamas a una solucion verdadera si no existe concenso entre ellos vendiciones para esto dos pueblos para que nuestro Dios Jesus de Nazareth nos ayude a solucionar este grave problema de esta region tan apartada y sin que alguien pueda ayudarlos seriamnete no se quejen cuando ni uno y de otro bando nada hacen por solucionar sus diferencias.

  • Jaimo - 2011-04-07 17:52

    Did SA idiot Bishop Tutu say anything?? At least SA Judge Goldstone has understood the truth! Palestinians should be resettled in Jordan!

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