Israel launches fresh Gaza raid
GAZA: Israeli Forces have briefly re-entered the Gaza Strip and
clashed with Palestinian militants, with two people killed by gunfire,
medics said. The dead were reported to be a senior militant and a baby
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is winding up a trip to the
region that hoped to revive peace talks.
Israel stepped up military raids last week to counter rocket fire
More than 100 Gazans were killed and Palestinians leaders suspended
talks. Speaking in the West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas resisted US pressure to resume peace talks given events in Gaza,
which is under control of the militant Hamas movement.
"I call on the Israeli government to halt its aggression so the
necessary environment can be created to make negotiations succeed, for
us and for them, to reach the shores of peace in 2008," Mr Abbas said.
During Wednesday's raid in Khan Younis, the baby was killed by a
ricocheting bullet, and a local Islamic Jihad leader was also killed,
Palestinian health ministry officials said.