Israel aircraft have bombed a Palestinian target in Gaza, following Palestinian militant rocket attacks on Israel on Sunday.
The Hamas militant group that runs Gaza says Israeli aircraft hit a Palestinian police position.
On Sunday, Palestinian militants fired at least seven rockets and
mortar shells into Israel, drawing an Israeli threat of a
Israeli police say the projectiles wounded two people in southern
Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Israel will
retaliate severely for cross-border attacks that he says deprive
Israelis of a normal life.
Palestinians in southern Gaza reported receiving recorded phone
messages warning them to immediately evacuate areas housing smuggling
tunnels and weapons stockpiles.
Rockets have struck Israel sporadically since it ended a three-week
offensive against Hamas militants controlling Gaza last month. Israel
has carried out several airstrikes on Gaza militants in response.
Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ruled out any permanent cease-fire with Israel during a visit Sunday to Tehran.
Hamas has demanded that Israel open its border crossings with Gaza as
part of a truce. Israel says that will not happen until Hamas releases
an Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza since 2006.
Meshaal thanked Iran for, as he put it, playing a major role in what
Hamas considers to be its "victory" against Israel in the recent
fighting. Israel accuses Iran of providing weapons to Hamas, but Tehran
says its support of the group is only political.
Meshaal met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who
praised Hamas for resisting Israel and urged the group to be prepared
for another Israeli assault.
Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras and motion sensors on
its border with Gaza as part of efforts to crack down on tunnels used
by weapons smugglers. Israel bombed the tunnels during its three-week
offensive against Hamas.