Special report: Palestine-Israel
JERUSALEM, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian militants
in the Gaza Strip fired more than 35 Qassam rockets and mortar shells early
Wednesday at the western Negev following an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strike.
Local communities of the western Negev have raised
the alert level after the bombardment, which caused no injuries or damages.
Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a
special security assessment Wednesday morning to discuss the overnight violence
in the Gaza Strip.
On Tuesday, six Palestinian gunmen were killed, three
IDF soldiers were injured in the first operation in Gaza since the
Egypt-brokered ceasefire took effect in June 19.
The military action was aiming at destroying a tunnel
dug by Gaza militants under the border to try to abduct Israeli soldiers,
according to an IDF spokeswoman.
The rocket attacks against Israeli territory declined
sharply since a truce was declared between Israel and Hamas in June. No Israeli
citizen has been injured since then, but slight damages were reported.
In response to the violations of the ceasefire,
Israeli Defense Ministry ordered to close down the border crossings to Gaza on