GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops rounded up dozens of ministers and lawmakers from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party Thursday, including the deputy prime minister, while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen.
The body of a kidnapped 18-year-old Jewish settler was found in the West Bank, Israeli security officials said. He had been shot in the head. Palestinian militants said they killed Eliahu Asheri, whose body was found buried near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israeli aircraft targeted a car carrying Palestinian militants in Gaza City, the Israeli military said, but witnesses said the missile missed the vehicle and Mahdi Dahdouh, an Islamic Jihad activist, escaped from the car. Another unidentified person was wounded, hospital officials said.
On Wednesday, Israeli warplanes also buzzed the summer home of Syria's president, Bashar Assad, who harbors the hard-line Hamas leaders who Israel says ordered the kidnapping.
Sunday's capture of the Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit by Hamas' military wing and two affiliated groups, and Israel's subsequent military incursion into Gaza threatened to bring the two sides to the brink of all-out war.
Hamas, which took over the Palestinian Authority after winning parliamentary elections in January, has resisted international pressure to renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist.
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Tensions across the Arab world have risen since the crossing into Gaza by the Israeli army. While no one like to see people suffer of get hurt, that is not the case with the inhabitants of Gaza, these murderous barbarians have been killing innocent people for far long enough. All of you libs are up in arms saying we need a peaceful solution, well I don't know if they have been paying attention or not, but Israel has done everything to try and work towards peace. It is the Palestinians that have killed and bombed and attacked constantly with rockets. Israel can no longer stand by and see the murder of it's people and the continued threat materialize while doing nothing. I stand by the completly!