Israel Renews Attacks on Gaza

Air strikes, border closing follow Israeli soldier's border death
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2009 1:02 PM CST
Palestinians wait in line hoping to buy cooking gas as a building destroyed in the last Israeli military offensive is seen in the background, in the devastated area of Gaza today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – In the worst violence since both sides declared ceasefires, Israel today launched new air attacks and sent tanks and bulldozers into Gaza following a border explosion that killed an Israeli soldier, the BBC reports. There has been intense fighting in the south and a Palestinian farmer was killed. Israel closed Gaza border crossings following the explosion, halting rushed aid efforts.

Meanwhile in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed "Israel's right to self-defense” in her first news conference. "The rocket barrages, which are getting closer and closer to populated areas (in Israel), cannot go unanswered,” she said.