March 12th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

Violence surges in Gaza, Israel

Seven people were killed Monday in Gaza, and more than three dozen rockets fell into Israel, the latest events in days of fighting that marked the worst escalation of violence in the coastal territory in months, officials said.

Israel said its airstrikes have targeted militant rocket launching sites across the Palestinian territory in response to more than 200 rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel since Friday. More than 36 rockets were fired into Israel on Monday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

In Gaza, at least 23 people have been killed in strikes since Friday, while at least 75 people have been wounded.

"When I was sleeping, all of a sudden I found the entire house falling on top of us," Gaza resident Samer Sukar said from a hospital bed. "What can I say? There was no rocket fire from near our house."

Sukar said he was injured in a blast Monday while he was at home with his wife and six children.

Meanwhile, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, residents took cover.

"It's a very difficult time for us," said Eti Ifrah, 23. "It's impossible to live like this - every time we want a shower or anything we're worried a bomb will fall."

Nearly 1 million people in Israel have sought the safety of shelters during the violence, authorities said. The fighting is the worst outbreak of violence in Gaza this year and comes as Israel and the world's attention has been largely focused on Iran and Syria.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Here comes Israels excuse for an attack on Iran. They will blame them because of the number of rockets and whatnot they've been supplying to hamas. This way they can attack with a clear concious. After all, they started it.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Say @ bobcat
    Who's been supplying these combat aircraft & missiles to Israel which kill people in Gaza. 23 in just 3 days and 77 wounded?
    Those 'hundreds' of rockets from Gaza in the same period injured 7 Israelis according to IDF.

    Unless we the US of A gets serious about resolving the I/P issue in an equitable and just manner, forget seeing a lasting peace in the Middle East. Excuse or not. An attack on Iran would see the entire region blow up. No wonder our senior military commanders and those who have a grasp on reality have constantly been warning against committing this folly.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      18 terrorists,5 civilians. your ignorance knows no ends.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      If the Palestinians did not like Israeli treatment they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL long ago. They had plenty of opportunities. As long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it means that they are happy with it's results.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pavlos Stylianou

      So by your twisted thinking, because the Palestinians fire over 200 rockets into Israel over the last few days and only a few people are injured, mostly because Israel has provided rocket shelters and almost 1 million people are in them, but 18 (almost all terrorists) have been killed in Gaza, Israel is in the wrong??? Is the person who has the least killed always in the wrong? What bizarre logic! If the Palestinians want to see an end to this, they should simply stop firing rockets into Israel! Simple! Which country in the world would ever sit back and just take rockets fired into their country from a neighbouring country without some retaliation?

      March 13, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ saywhat
    Actually, we ( the us ) are not going to be able to resolve this issue. All we can really do is try to get these two parties together. Problem is, these two parties say they are willing to negotiate, but when you give them a starting point, They "both" stick their nose up at what's on the table. I'm beginning to believe that peace between israelis and palestinians is unacheivable. And as far as Irael making a preemptive strike on Iran, it's going to happen. And you're correct, it is going to set that whole area of the world on fire.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thinker23

    Israel DOES NOT NEED an excuse for an attack on Iran, a country thousands of miles away from Isral that has ten times larger population and eighty times larger territory than Israel. To the contrary, Israel is trying to avoid the necessity to use force against Iran and will use force only as a last resort in case there will be no other way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Niki

    Israel has NO natural stop button; they do as they wish.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. red1

    Israelis should make the countries that stole their wealth during Hitler's regime give it back. They should demand their stolen lands back. Oh no! It is easier to kick the Palestinians around and use the bible as a land lease.

    March 13, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. noa

    : "Gaza is not an Israeli city. There was a "HITNATKUT" means- all Israeli citizens and military left Gaza and there is a government there that is managed by the Hamas organization. Why all of the sudden when the subject is violence the associate Gaza with Israel?"

    May 20, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |