Last update - 10:48 28/01/2009
Gaza rocket hits Negev; IAF strikes Hamas tunnels after soldier killed
A rocket fired by militants in Gaza struck the western Negev on Wednesday morning, adding impetus to flare-up in violence that threatened to rupture a shaky cease-fire in the coastal strip. No one was wounded in the rocket attack, which came shortly after Israel Air Force warplanes pounded smuggling tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt. The air strikes followed a bomb blast Tuesday along the Israel-Gaza border, in which an Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed and three others were wounded.
Rafah residents began to flee their homes in panic as the Israeli aircraft struck three times, Hamas officials said.
13:22 Barak cancels trip to U.S. following flare-up in violence in the south (Haaretz)
And the Ynet report:
Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided to cancel his trip to the United States, during which he was scheduled to meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The decision came on the backdrop of events in the south.