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Apr072011

Anti-Tank Missile From Gaza Hits Israeli School Bus

Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- It was a violent afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border Thursday as Gaza militants fired over 40 rockets and mortars on Israel. At least one was shot down for the first time by Israel's newly-deployed anti-missile defense system, Iron Dome.  But in a trend that worries Israel, Palestinian militants have started to use very accurate anti-tank missiles against Israeli civilian targets. Thursday they aimed and hit a school bus, critically injuring a teenager.

The anti-tank missile fired by Gaza militants tore through the back of an Israeli school bus.  Almost all of the 50 kids had already gotten off, but the last passenger, a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious head injuries from the blast. Doctors say they're fighting to save his life. The driver was moderately injured. The Israeli army swiftly responded with tank fire and air strikes in Gaza that killed one 50-year-old Palestinian civilian and wounded at least nine others.

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