Israel Launches Fresh Airstrike on Gaza

Meanwhile, Iran says drone flyover proved Israeli weakness
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 9:11 AM CDT
A Palestinian man carries a wounded boy in Al Najar Hospital following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

(Newser) – Israel launched a round of airstrikes on Gaza today, wounding two militants and eight bystanders, including some children. Israel says the attack was retaliation for a round of Palestinian rockets fired yesterday, which Palestinians say were in response to another Israeli airstrike earlier in the day, Reuters reports. More than 470 rockets have been fired from Gaza since June, but this was the first time Hamas acknowledged responsibility. As usual the rockets failed to harm anyone, though one did kill some goats at a petting zoo.

The incident comes in the wake of a drone flight into Israeli airspace this weekend, which some have speculated came from Iran. An Iranian military official today boasted that the incident proved that Israel is vulnerable, and that its anti-missile defense system "does not work and lacks the necessary capacity." But he denied that the drone was made by Iran, saying such accusations represented a "psychological operation" on Israel's part. "The Zionist regime has many enemies," he said. Iran, meanwhile, is blaming Israel for a hack attack on its oil rigs.

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