A rocket fired by Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday wounded some 60 Israeli soldiers in an attack that may increase pressure on Israeli leaders to take strong action against Hamas.
The Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for the strike on the "Zikkim" training base for new recruits just north of the border, Reuters reported. An Israeli army spokesman said about 30 soldiers were wounded by the rocket. Officials at hospitals in southern Israel said some 60 troops were brought in but some were suffering only from shock.
Israel's Army Radio reported that a total of two rockets were fired towards the base from Beit Hanun in northern Gaza.
The number of wounded was the highest in a single rocket attack launched from the Gaza Strip. Israeli media reports said shrapnel from the rocket ripped through a tent where soldiers were sleeping.