Mideast Israel Palestinians

March 12, 2012 - 1:46 PM
An ultra orthodox man uses his mobile phone to take a photograph of the site after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip hit the city of Ashdod, southern Israel, Monday, March 12, 2012. Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian civilians and two militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel in escalating fighting that defied international truce efforts. A high school student, a father and daughter were among the dead. The cross-border violence, touched off by Israel's killing of a top Palestinian militant leader on Friday, has been the worst exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled territory in months. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)