Gaza fighters say will respond as Israel threatens massive attack
Gaza fighters fired rockets into southern Israel after Israeli air strikes killed more than 140 Palestinians.
Fighters in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired rockets into southern Israel on Saturday after Israeli air strikes killed more than 140 Palestinians.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in southern Israel. The Israeli army had put communities near the border on alert.
Hamas and other Palestinian factions said on Satursday they had ordered their fighters on Saturday to avenge Israel's air strike in the Gaza Strip.
"All fighters are ordered to respond to the Israeli slaughter," said a statement by the Islamic Jihad group, echoing statements issued by Hamas and other armed factions.
Israel has launched a massive air attack to Gaza, killing more than 140, wounding at least 200 medical officials said.
Witnesses said there were heavy damage in Gaza.
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel is ready to step up its military assault on the Gaza Strip.
"The operation will be pursued and widened as required and subject to (commanders') assessments," the aide told Reuters. "We are facing a period that will not be simple or easy."
Reuters Last Mod: 27 Aralık 2008, 13:50