May 12, 2008 / 4:17 PM / 11 years ago

Rocket kills Israeli woman near Gaza border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip killed an Israeli woman on Monday when the house she was in took a direct hit, Israeli emergency services and the army said.

The woman was the second Israeli to be killed by rocket and mortar fire from the Hamas-controlled territory in less than a week. Last Friday a mortar shell fired by militants killed an Israeli civilian in the Kfar Aza collective farm near the Gaza border, the first such death in nearly three months.

Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad militant group, who regularly fire rockets and mortars into Israel from Gaza, claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as Egypt tried to broker a truce between the Jewish state and Gaza militants.

Such attacks rarely cause death or injury but sow panic in border towns.

Israel launched air strikes which killed five militants in response to last Friday’s attack.

Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Rebecca Harrison

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