An Israeli missile struck the Hamas interior ministry headquarters in Gaza City on Friday, killing a Palestinian woman and injuring 40 people. Israel has shut its crossing with the Gaza strip, preventing even UN relief workers from entering. The latest violence came after rockets, coming from the Hamas-run territory, hit nearby Israeli towns.
Israel has stepped up its military operations in Gaza this week, killing at least 32 Palestinians, most of whom were militants. According to Voice of America's Jerusalem correspondent,
Rocket attacks have terrorized the Israeli town of Sderot and farming communities on the Gaza border. Israeli spokesman Arieh Mekel says that under these circumstances, it cannot be business as usual with Gaza.
UN officials have warned that Israeli security measures come at a terrible human cost. Restricted entry into Gaza threatens Gaza's economic stability and could bring about a humanitarian crisis. Gaza is already experiencing food, fuel, and electricity shortages.