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Seven dead in Mideast, Hamas carries out first deadly rocket attack

Two Israelis, including a three-year-old boy on his way to nursery school, were killed when the Palestinian militant movement Hamas carried out its first-ever deadly rocket attack on the Jewish state. The deaths in the southern town of Sderot brought the toll from a flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence to seven — four of them Palestinians — in less than 12 hours from five separate incidents. A third Israeli died in an explosion carried out by Hamas underneath an army observation post in southern Gaza. The flare-up also punctured optimism among the Israeli leadership that they had managed to bring Palestinian militant groups to heel after one of the longest periods of relative calm in the region since the start of the intifada in September 2000. Full Story

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