With Hamas 'in control' of the Gaza Strip and Israeli citizens again on the receiving end of rockets and missiles, Israeli forces have begun an attack on Hamas forces within the Strip. Israeli tanks crossed into the Gaza Strip and air forces fired missiles at two rocket launchers in northern Gaza.
Four Palestinians were reported killed in the attacks early hours, two known to be combatants.
Leading Hamas militarnt, Mahmoud Zahar, claimed that Hamas could stop the rocket attacks on Israel if Israel halted its military action. Zahar further stated that Hamas would not be Israel's 'protector' in his warning to the Israeli people.
Zahar, in an interview with Asharq Alawsat, stated that it was the West Bank that was in disorder due to retaliations on Hamas members by Fatah elements. This while he reported Gaza to be in calm, and adding that no rocket attacks will be launched against Israel unless Israel attacks.