Israel Takes Fight to Gaza
Four Palestinians dead after Israeli tanks and planes battle enter chaotic strip
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2007 1:44 PM CDT
A Palestinian girl mourns over the body of militant Ahmad Al Abdullah, who was killed in an Israeli army raid, during his funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 20, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israeli aircraft and tanks attacked locations in Gaza today, killing four militants in their first assault on the strip since Hamas took over. An Israeli aerial strike targeted two rocket launchers in northern Gaza as tanks moved into southern Gaza, sparking a shootout that produced the four casualties.

Mahmoud Zahar, reputed to be the Hamas chief in Gaza, extended a cease-fire offer to Israel if they would stop activities in Gaza and exit the West Bank. Israel also released a few of the sick and wounded among the 200 Gazans who are holed up in a garbage-filled tunnel at the border, seeking an escape from the rampant violence.