Israeli jets bomb Gaza targets after Olmert's threat

Israeli jets bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Olmert vowed a "disproportionate" attacks to rockets from Gaza.

Israeli jets bomb Gaza targets after Olmert's threat

Israeli jets bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed a "disproportionate" attacks to rockets from Gaza.

The aircraft carried out three strikes. One attack was on a security headquarters in a village in central Gaza that residents said had been vacated after Israel telephoned warnings to Palestinians to leave buildings.

The other two strikes were on the sites along the border with Egypt that Israel claims there were tunnels.

1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.

Some rockets launched from Gaza struck Israel on Sunday, causing no casualties, the military said.

A wing of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, said it fired some of the rockets, but not all were claimed.

A spokesman for the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip condemned Olmert's aggressive statement.

The spokesman, Taher al-Nono, also urged all Palestinian factions to respect the national consensus on the ceasefire the group declared two weeks ago after Israel announced it was halting the 22-day Gaza offensive.

Israel was slammed for killing more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars.

Critics said Israel had attacked disproportionately, in its air and ground offensive in heavily populated areas.

Egypt has been trying to broker a long-term ceasefire that Hamas wants the Gaza siege to be lifted.

"We've said that if there is rocket fire against the south of the country, there will be a severe and disproportionate Israeli response to the fire on the citizens of Israel and its security forces," Olmert said on Sunday at a weekly cabinet meeting.

A total of 53 installations used by the United Nations Relief and Works agency were damaged or destroyed during Israel's Gaza assault including 37 schools - six of which were being used as emergency shelters - six health centres, and two warehouses.

Agencies

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