Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Jabaliya, Monday, March 12, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinian militants and a schoolboy in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel, in escalating fighting that has defied international truce efforts. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian civilians and two militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel in escalating fighting that defied international truce efforts.
A high school student, a father and daughter were among the dead.
The cross-border violence, touched off by Israel’s killing of a top Palestinian militant leader on Friday, has been the worst exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled territory in months.
The fighting has so far killed 23 Gazans, including 18 militants, seriously wounded two Israelis, and disrupted the lives of 1 million Israelis living within the range of Gaza rockets.
At a news conference in Gaza City on Monday, masked members of Islamic Jihad’s Login to read more