Israel Launches Raid on Gaza

Six die in air strikes and incursion
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 2:16 AM CST
A Palestinian wounded during an Israeli army raid lies in the hospital in the Gaza Strip.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – Israeli tanks have attacked Hamas positions in Gaza in the first armed incursion into the region since a truce negotiated in June. At least six Hamas militants have been killed, reports the BBC. Fighting broke out after Israeli troops uncovered a tunnel along the Gaza border which they claim was going to be used to abduct Israeli soldiers.   

An air strike took out Hamas mortar positions. Then tanks and ground troops, backed by air cover, moved in to the central part of Gaza, according to an Israeli military spokeswoman. Israeli officials deny the action violates the ceasefire, and argue the move was necessary to eliminate an immediate danger. Hamas threatened a violent response.