Hamas fires rockets at Israel after 6 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Both Israeli authorities and Gaza's Hamas rulers have been scrambling to restore calm after deadly fighting in Gaza.

Hamas militants have been pounding southern Israel with a barrage of rockets, after at least six militants were killed by Israeli forces.

The clashes began late yesterday after Israeli troops burst into Gaza to destroy what the army said was a tunnel being dug to be used to abduct Israeli troops. That sparked gunbattles between Hamas and Israeli forces. One Hamas fighter was killed, prompting a wave of mortar fire at Israeli targets.

An Israeli airstrike then killed five Hamas militants preparing to fire mortar shells. Hamas responded with dozens of rockets.

The violence was the worst since Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce in June.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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