Israeli Air Strikes Pound Gaza
Worst attacks in year follow US peace push
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2010 1:21 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Palestinian youths throw stones at Israeli troops during a protest near the Nahal Oz crossing east of Gaza City earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – Israel pounded Hamas-controlled Gaza with at least 13 air strikes early today just weeks after the White House launched a new peace effort in the Mideast. Four of the missile attacks occurred near a town where two Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes last week with Palestinian fighters. Israelis dropped leaflets yesterday warning residents of retaliatory attacks.

Tensions in the region are high since Israeli officials announced plans to build 1,600 new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope will serve as the capital of a future state. Officials told the BBC the attacks targeted 4 weapons factories. Farms, metal workshops, a milk factory and sites belonging to the Hamas military were struck, according to witnesses.