February 7th, 2008 02:24 EST
Palestinian militants, civilian killed by Israeli Forces
February 7, 2008-- Israeli forces backed by warplanes and tanks killed six Palestinian militants and one civilian during a raid into Gaza early Thursday.
Officials of the Islamic militant group Hamas say five of the Palestinians who died in the fighting in the northern Gaza Strip were Hamas members. They also say an Israeli misslie struck a school in the town of Beit Hanun, killing a teacher and wounding at least two people.
Wednesday, a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in southern Israel, wounding two young children.
Earlier this week, Hamas claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide bombing that killed an Israeli woman in the Israeli town of Dimona.
Israeli officials say Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his top aides Wednesday approved construction of a reinforced barrier on the border with Egypt, to prevent infiltration by Palestinian militants.
Israel's full Cabinet will have to authorize the project before construction can begin.
Israeli authorities fear that Gaza-based Palestinian militants who entered Egypt during a recent border breach will try to enter Israel through its relatively open boundary with Egypt.
Palestinian militants blew open the Gaza-Egypt border on January 23, allowing hundreds of thousands of people to cross before Egypt sealed the boundary last Sunday.
Israeli leaders originally proposed reinforcing Israel's barrier with Egypt several years ago, but the plan was dropped because of the high cost, estimated then at more than 270 million dollars.
Some information in this report was provided by Reuters, AP and AFP