Israel jets bomb southern Gaza

The strike came as George Mitchell, the US envoy to the Middle East, prepared to head for talks with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, as part of a wider regional tour.

Israel jets bomb southern Gaza
Israeli jets have bombed the southern Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory into Israel.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the attack.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries from the attack which witnesses said damaged a metal foundry in the town of Rafah, along the Gaza Strip border with Egypt.

The strike came as George Mitchell, the US envoy to the Middle East, prepared to head for talks with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, as part of a wider regional tour.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military arm of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, claimed responsibility for Wednesday night's rocket fire from Gaza - the first since Palestinian factions declared their own ceasefire with Israel.

The rocket landed at the kibbutz or agricultural commune of Re'im, in the southern Israeli Eshkol region, an Israeli military spokesman said on Thursday.

The rocket fire came after Israeli jets carried out raids on tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border earlier on Wednesday - the first tunnel bombing since it halted its 22-day offensive on January 18.


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