June 24, 2012- Air strikes from Israel on security targets of Hamas in Gaza, took the lives of two Palestinians, while wounding up to 30 others late Saturday. Rocket fire also wounded one man in Israel. The increasing violence was beginning to undermine the shaky truce Egypt helped broker on Wednesday, which tried to calm the latest flare up that began early in the week when an Israeli and two gunmen lost their lives in a raid that came from the Sinai desert in Egypt.
One victim was a man from Palestine who was killed in an air strike by Israel, which had targeted a motorcycle in Gaza City. In that same attack, ten others were wounded. In a strike that took place earlier, a militant from Palestine from a Salafist group that is pro-al Qaeda in north Gaza, was killed. After a period of calm, over 150 rockets have been launched in just the last week, said military sources.
On Saturday, 15 rockets or more were fired into Israel, nearly three times the amount as on Friday and six or more others were intercepted by missile defense systems inside Israel. The military chiefs in Israel scheduled meetings to weigh their actions, a military spokesperson said. Authorities in Israel urged nearly one million of its citizens living in the south to remain indoors or near shelters that were fortified.