Israeli tanks enter Gaza Strip

29 June 2004
Israeli tanks moved into the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip on 29 June in an apparent response to a rocket attack by Palestinian militants the previous day on an Israeli kindergartren, which killed two civilians, one a three-year old boy.

Israeli forces were reported to have flattened an empty eight-storey apartment block, and shot dead an armed militant as they entered the town on Gaza's northern border. A metal workshop in the Nusseirat refugee camp was also targeted but no one was reported injured.

Israel is keen to take a hardline stance on militant groups prior to its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, scheduled to take place sometime before September next year. On 26 June, seven Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli army raid on Nablus.

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