PressTV - Israel launches fresh attacks on Gaza:
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:12PM GMT
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza
"Israeli warplanes have launched a series of air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Medical sources in Gaza said one man was killed and at least seven others including a woman and a five-year boy were wounded.
Israel claimed that the warplanes attacked the impoverished coastal enclave early Tuesday in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza.
The fresh attacks came only two days after two Gazans, a farmer and a fisherman, were shot by Israeli forces.
Families of the victims expressed their anger at what they called new Zionist crimes against the people of Gaza.
Two more air strikes targeted east of Khan Yunis and a tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt near Rafah.
The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes.
After months of relative calm, the attacks on Palestinians have increased since Saturday's mass anti-government demonstrations in Israel.
Analysts believe that Israel is escalating attacks on Palestinians to provoke the Palestinian factions into firing rockets into Israel; a matter that will likely unite Israelis against 'a Palestinian enemy'.
The renewed Israeli violence against Palestinians comes at a time that Palestinian Authority is heading to the UN for a statehood bid in September.
Experts say instability and possible violent attacks by Israel and counter attacks by Palestinian factions will likely hamper Palestinian efforts for statehood