Two militant Palestinian groups have each said they fired a rocket from Gaza that killed a foreign
farm worker in southern Israel.
One of the groups is believed to be inspired by Al-Qaeda; the other is linked to the Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The victim who is thought to be from Thailand died when the rocket struck a kibbutz.
It is the first death by rocket fire in southern Israel since last year’s Israeli campaign in Gaza.
The attack happened during a high profile visit to the enclave by the EU’s foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton. She had come to see the effect of the billion euros worth of aid the Palestinians receive from the EU each year.
“I condemn any kind of violence,” said Baroness Ashton. “We have got to find a peaceful solution to the issues and problems, that I what I have been saying consistently in all the meetings I have had with all the politicians across the region – we need to move forward.”
In the West Bank Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces. It came after days of stone-throwing protest in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
The Palestinians have been angered by Israeli plans to build sixteen hundred new homes for Jewish settlers in part of the occupied West Bank Israel has annexed to Jerusalem.