The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Israel vows to punish Hamas after wave of rockets from Gaza


GAZA CITY (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israel vowed to punish Hamas militants after scores of rockets fired from Gaza seriously wounded two people, provoking air strikes that killed four Palestinian militants.

On the Palestinian side, one source speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that a truce negotiated with the help of Egypt had come into force from midnight (6am Thurs Spore time).

But it came after a bloody 24 hours and bellicose statements from both sides.

From late Tuesday Israeli warplanes launched air raids on Gaza in response to rocket fire that seriously wounded two Thai workers inside Israel. The air strikes killed four Palestinian militants.