Israeli Strikes Kill 5 in Gaza

Hamas and Fatah continue to clash
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2007 7:08 AM CDT
Israeli soldiers prepare equipment next to an artillery piece outside the Gaza Strip, Friday, May 18, 2007. Israeli planes pounded Hamas targets and rival Palestinian factions exchanged bursts of automatic...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Israel has launched air strikes at Gaza for a second day in response to continued Hamas rocket attacks. Helicopter gunships and fighter jets targeted militants, and at least five Hamas fighters were killed in the strikes. Hamas has fired about a hundred makeshift missiles into Israel in the past several days.

Israel vows to continue to respond to rocket attacks; the cabinet will meet Sunday to decide whether to escalate the military response. At the same time, a truce has reduced Palestinian infighting between the Hamas and Fatah factions, but at least 4 people died yesterday in clashes.