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Israel hits Hamas politician home
by BBC (reposted)
Sunday May 20th, 2007 7:56 PM
An Israeli air strike has hit the Gaza home of a leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, witnesses and officials have said.
At least eight relatives were killed in the attack, said to be on the home of Hamas lawmaker Khalil al-Hayya, who was not at home at the time.

Israel's military said it was targeting Palestinian militants on the streets.

Hours earlier Israel's cabinet backed plans to "intensify" Gaza operations in response to recent rocket attacks.

Israeli air strikes have killed almost 30 people, but Palestinian rocket attacks have continued.

A BBC correspondent in the southern Israeli town of Sderot said many streets were deserted on Sunday, as hundreds of people had left their homes to avoid the rockets.

'People are suffering'

The Israeli military confirmed there had been an air strike in northern Gaza on Sunday evening, but said it was aimed at a group of armed militants gathered outside a house.

by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Sunday May 20th, 2007 7:58 PM
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has called for international intervention as Israel continues to pound Gaza with missile attacks.

Israeli jets hit the home of a leading Palestinian politician, killing his wife and at least six other family members as Israel's security cabinet vowed to step up its operations to stop rockets from Gaza.

Palestinian fighters launched at least seven rockets into southern Israel on Sunday.

Late on Sunday, one man was killed and three injured when Israeli missiles hit a suspected rocket manufacturing facility which Palestinians said was a stone mason's workshop.