Middle East Unrest

Israel Mounts Airstrikes on Gaza as Rockets From Syria Hit Golan Heights


GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel launched more airstrikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-story apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate. Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has become a conflict of attrition that has defied attempts by regional power Egypt to broker a durable truce.

An Israeli airstrike killed two people on a motorcycle in Gaza, medical officials said, hours after a bombing attack brought Al Zafer Tower in Gaza City crashing to the ground. It launched the attack a day after a mortar killed a four-year-old Israeli boy, and Israel's president attended his funeral Sunday. Israel also faced rocket fire from the north on Saturday. Two missiles launched from Lebanon struck Israel's Galilee. Lebanese and Israeli sources said it was not initially clear who was behind the attack. At least five rockets fired from Syria landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli army said. All fell in open areas and it wasn't immediately known who launched them.



- Reuters