Long-Range Rocket Strikes Israel

Israel vows 'great force' in response
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2009 4:36 AM CST
An Israeli examines his car, damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon today   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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(Newser) – A long-range rocket fired today from Gaza struck the Israeli city of Ashkelon in the first such attack since the ceasefire began last month, reports CNN. No injuries were reported, but Israel vowed to respond with "great force." Resumed rocket fire from Gaza presents a particular problem for the centrist-led Israeli government before next week's elections. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has threatened "disproportionate" retaliation for Gaza violence.