Gaza militants fire rockets after Israeli threat

November 15, 2011 - 12:40 PM
Mideast Israel Palestinians

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz attends an officers graduation ceremony at a military base near Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel. Gantz told a parliamentary committee Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 that Israel might need to launch a broad military offensive against Gaza militants unless they stop firing rockets at Israel. A recent spike in Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza at southern Israeli cities has killed 1 Israeli, injured others and disrupted life for over a million Israelis. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say Palestinian militants have fired two rockets at Israel's south and one hit a kindergarten.

This came just hours after Israel's military chief warned that Israel would have to carry out an offensive in Gaza to stop the rocket salvos.

The kindergarten was empty at the time of the rocket strike, which destroyed a storage shed next to the building. A second rocket landed in an open area nearby.

Earlier Tuesday, Israel's military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, told a parliamentary committee that Israel will have to go toward a "broader offensive action" if the rocket fire continues.

A meeting participant relayed Gantz's comments. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the session was closed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media report the nation's top military commander as saying he favors a major offensive in Gaza because of rocket attacks.

The reports Tuesday say Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told a parliamentary committee about the need to "embark on a significant offensive in Gaza." The reports quoted participants in the committee meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the session was closed.

Gantz said an Israeli airstrike that killed five militants in Gaza in late October set back the Islamic Jihad militant group's rocket operations. That came during a sudden spike in rocket attacks that disrupted life in Israel's south.

The military chief said, "We cannot keep having round after round (of violence) in Gaza."

Israel went to war in Gaza in late 2008 following years of rocket fire.