GAZA, April 9 Hamas said on Saturday its
militants did not intend to target Israeli schoolchildren when
they fired a rocket at a bus two days ago, critically wounding a
teenager and sparking the latest round of border fighting.
"It was not known that the bus targeted on the outskirts of
Gaza carried schoolchildren," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told
Reuters, adding that the road where the bus was travelling was
often used by Israeli military vehicles.
Israel has maintained that the bus, because it was yellow,
should have been easy to identify by whoever fired the anti-tank
rocket. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the
Islamist Hamas, which rules Gaza, of "crossing a line".
(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, writing by Allyn
Fisher-Ilan, editing by Mark Heinrich)
(allyn.fisher.thomsonreuters.com; +972-2-6322202; Reuters