Israeli warplanes kill seven in Gaza
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:52PM
Israeli warplanes (file photo)
Israeli fighter jets have targeted a building in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza Strip, killing at least seven Palestinians.
The Palestinian fatalities caused on Thursday include a nine-year-old boy and a young girl, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Tel Aviv claims it launched the strikes in response to attacks near the Red Sea resort of Eilat in southern Israel, which left at least eight Israelis dead and dozens others injured.
Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak has accused Gaza of organizing the attacks and vowed a 'full force' response against the Palestinians in the Tel Aviv-besieged territory.
The democratically-elected government of the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in Gaza strongly rejected the allegations and warned against any act of aggression against the enclave.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon raised fears of an 'escalation' in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following the Eilat attacks and called on both sides to act with restraint.