A teenager and two children have been killed by an Israeli air strike on a car in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses say the occupants of the car leapt out before it was hit. The victims instead were youngsters playing in the street. Hundreds of angry Palestinians gathered to protest at the scene of the latest attack.
Israel claims air strikes are needed to deter militants from launching rocket attacks at Israeli targets. It has been announced that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet for the first time tomorrow. The meeting, described as an informal one, will take place during the course of a visit to Petra in Jordan. Both men will be guests of King Abdullah the Second. Meanwhile, tired of waiting for a political solution, people living in the southern Israeli town of Sderot took matters into their own hands last night. Claiming their government was not doing enough to protect them, they switched off all their lights, and went on an indefinite municipal strike. Military sources say more than 600 rockets have fallen on the town, situated in the Negev desert, since September 2000. At least five people have died and dozens have been injured.