Palestinian rocket wounds Israeli child; aid continues to flow into Gaza

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip on Monday fired at least nine rockets and mortar shells at communities in southern Israel, wounding a four-year-old Israeli boy and damaging a number of homes.

The wounded child suffered light injuries after a piece of shrapnel from one of the rockets slammed into his family's vehicle as they arrived back at their southern Israel home after a weekend vacation to the north of the country.

Also Monday, Palestinians in Samaria firebombed a Jewish motorist traveling on a local highway. No injuries were reported in that attack.

Israeli forces foiled an apparent assault on Gaza's Erez Crossing late Monday evening, killing three Hamas gunmen as they approached the terminal.

The violence continued on Tuesday when at least one missile fired from northern Gaza hit the southern industrial zone of the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.

Despite the ongoing violence emanating from Gaza, Israel on Tuesday opened two crossings into the volatile coastal strip, one of them the aforementioned Erez Crossing, to allow 86 trucks transporting humanitarian aid to enter.

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