The Jewish Country is warning of a harsh response after a Thai greenhouse worker was killed when a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza hit the Netiv Haâ€™asara area.
The man, in his 30s, was evacuated to Ashkelonâ€™s Barzilai Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
A small Al-Qaeda inspired organization called Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack.
A statement e-mailed to reporters in Gaza, said the attack was a response to Israel’s “Judaization” of Islamic holy places in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank.
Vice Premier Silvan Shalom warned that the attack would lead to a strong retaliation, and said that Hamas was ultimately responsible:
â€œIt is severe escalationâ€¦Israel will not return to the situation of before Operation Cast Lead. The response will be particularly fierce…I hope Hamas will learn a lesson.â€
The attack happened on the same day as a visit to Gaza by Europe’s top diplomat, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. She had just crossed into the territory when the rocket was fired.
“I condemn any kind of violence. We have got to find a peaceful solution to the issues and problemsâ€¦what we have been saying to the Israelis for a long time is that we need to allow aid into this region, to be able to support the economy to grow for people to have the things they are clearly lacking.”
Two people suffered from shock as a result of the blast, one of them a young girl. They were treated on the scene by an MDA team and evacuated to a shock treatment center.