Amid truce with Israel, Hamas struggles to rein in rockets

By William Booth, February 7, 2014

It was a legitimate target, the masked militant said later, an irresistible target. An Israeli was repairing a section of the fence that surrounds the Gaza Strip. A decision was made: Shoot him.

The sniper attack in late December, ordered by a faction of Palestinian militants in Gaza, triggered an immediate retaliatory air and tank assault by Israel that killed not a terrorist but a toddler, and wounded three others.

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