>> This Hamas video shows one of its guided missiles blowing up a bus inside Israel on Monday, an Israeli soldier was wounded. A botched and deadly Israeli commando raid has sparked the most intensive cross-border barrage by Palestinian militants since the Gaza War four years ago. As they fired more than 300 rockets and mortars, sirens sent Israelis rushing to bomb shelters, several homes were hit.
Palestinians in Gaza awoke on Tuesday to the destruction wrought by Israeli airstrikes. A Hamas intelligence compound and the Al-Aqsar Television studios were hit. A UN middle east envoy called the escalation extremely dangerous. Palestinians say this crater marks the spot where an israeli special forces member was rescued on Sunday.
It led to a fire fight, a Hamas commando was killed as well as six other Palestinians, and an Israeli lieutenant colonel identified only as M. Undercover operations like this going public are extremely rare. Violence has simmered this year since Palestinians launched weekly protests in March to demand the easing of a blockade on impoverished Gaza.
And rights to land, they lost when Israel was created. Israeli troops have killed more than 220 Palestinians in those confrontations. The United States condemned Hamas for the latest outbreak which has derailed efforts by the UN, Egypt and Qatar to broker a long term truce.