Israeli police say a missile from Israel yet.hit near the city of Ashdod in the deepest missile strike inside
Regional police spokeswoman Sarit Philipson says she was driving home Sunday when she saw the missile hit the ground near Ashdod, about 23 miles from Gaza.
In Gaza, Hamas claimed responsibility for firing the missile.
Philipson toldthat she saw a large explosion and a plume of smoke.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers have been stockpiling weapons in recent months, including medium-range missiles. Until Sunday, the deepest targets inside Israel had been the city of Ashkelon and the town of Netivot, which are closer to Gaza.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
GAZA CITY,(AP) — An Israeli government determined to stop rocket attacks that have traumatized southern Israel launched a wave of airstrikes that hammered security sites in Hamas-ruled Gaza with more than 100 tons of bombs.
At least 230 people were killed in one of the Mideast conflict‘s bloodiest attacks in decades. Most of the casualties in the attacks were security forces, but Palestinian officials said at least 15 civilians were among the dead. More than 400 people were also wounded.
The unprecedented assault sparked protests and condemnations throughout the Arab world, and many of Israel’s Western allies urged restraint, though the U.S. blamed Hamas for the fighting.