Gaza rockets inflame tension


Summary

"A woman who had sustained critical wounds in a Qassam attack in Sderot died of her wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital" in the nearby town of Ashkelon, medics said.

VIDEO: Israeli woman killed

Another person who sustained moderate wounds in the attack that directly hit the vehicle the two were travelling in was treated at the scene.

Angered Sderot residents gathered around the burning remains of the vehicle, defying police calls to take shelter in case more rockets fell and calling on the government to take tough steps to counter the incessant attacks.

Palestinian militants fired a salvo of six rockets towards Israel on Monday evening and a total of 13 rockets during the day, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told news agency AFP.

The attacks came as Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was meeting European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Sderot to discuss the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Following their meeting, Ms Livni blamed the Palestinian ruling Islamist movement Hamas, whose armed wing claimed responsibility for the latest rocket attack, for the renewed round of violence in the region.

"The Sderot residents are suffering and are in an impossible situation. We believe that the Palestinian Authority led by the Hamas government is responsible for this situation," her office quoted her as saying.

The 35-year-old woman was the ninth Israeli to have died in Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel in over six years.

More than 110 rockets have crashed inside Israel over the past week and the Jewish state has ramped up its military operations in the Gaza Strip in an effort to end the attacks.

Israel has pounded Hamas targets across Gaza since last Wednesday in response to a sharp increase in rocket fire in raids that have so far killed 11 civilians and 25 militants, mostly from Hamas.


"A woman who had sustained critical wounds in a Qassam attack in Sderot died of her wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital" in the nearby town of Ashkelon, medics said.

VIDEO: Israeli woman killed

Another person who sustained moderate wounds in the attack that directly hit the vehicle the two were travelling in was treated at the scene.

Angered Sderot residents gathered around the burning remains of the vehicle, defying police calls to take shelter in case more rockets fell and calling on the government to take tough steps to counter the incessant attacks.

Palestinian militants fired a salvo of six rockets towards Israel on Monday evening and a total of 13 rockets during the day, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told news agency AFP.

The attacks came as Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was meeting European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Sderot to discuss the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Following their meeting, Ms Livni blamed the Palestinian ruling Islamist movement Hamas, whose armed wing claimed responsibility for the latest rocket attack, for the renewed round of violence in the region.

"The Sderot residents are suffering and are in an impossible situation. We believe that the Palestinian Authority led by the Hamas government is responsible for this situation," her office quoted her as saying.

The 35-year-old woman was the ninth Israeli to have died in Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel in over six years.

More than 110 rockets have crashed inside Israel over the past week and the Jewish state has ramped up its military operations in the Gaza Strip in an effort to end the attacks.

Israel has pounded Hamas targets across Gaza since last Wednesday in response to a sharp increase in rocket fire in raids that have so far killed 11 civilians and 25 militants, mostly from Hamas.