Several people have been hurt after an Israeli missile struck a car carrying Hamas militants in Gaza, according to Palestinian security sources. The Israeli army says the air strike targeted a vehicle carrying a number of senior members of the Hamas rocket-launching unit.
The continuing violence comes after the Israelis aborted a planned air attack on the Gaza home of a militant when people formed a shield around it. It was an action welcomed by the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, who described the protest as a message for the UN Security Council after the United States vetoed a resolution condemning Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.
Hours earlier, Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot, injuring three people. Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has condemned the UN’s decision to investigate the killing of 19 Palestinians in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun two weeks ago.