* Iran-backed Hamas says it killed four Israeli civilians on. Aug. 31, 2010
* Two more civilians were wounded in another attack on the West Bank on Sept. 1, 2010.
* Attacks intended to derail Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that began Sept. 2, 2010.
Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007 in a bloody battle against PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party. Hamas and other terror groups then promptly turned Gaza into a launching pad for attacking Israel with thousands of rockets, missiles and mortars.
In late 2008, Hamas and its allies fired hundreds of rockets and mortars at Israeli cities and towns for several weeks, prompting Israel to launch a defensive operation from December 2008-January 2009. Since then, the number of Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks against Israel has fallen dramatically.
Timeline of terror attacks perpetrated by Hamas since its violent takeover of Gaza:
Aug. 21: Hamas claims responsibility for firing 25 mortar shells at Gaza-Israeli border crossings.
Jan. 15-28: 170 rockets and 83 mortars launched from Gaza into Israel’s western Negev.
Feb. 4: Two suicide bombers kill one woman, wound 10 others in Dimona.
Feb. 8: Hamas claims responsibility for rockets that targeted Ashkelon power station, which provides the Gaza Strip with most of its electricity.
Feb. 27: Israel kills five Iran-trained Hamas operatives as they planned a major terrorist attack. Hamas then fires 50 rockets at western Negev towns and villages.
Feb. 28: 20 rockets land in and around Sderot. Father of four is killed.
Feb. 29: A three-year-old Gaza girl killed when rocket launched falls short of Israeli target.
March 2: Iranian-made Grad missile hits Ashkelon, more than 10 miles from Gaza.
June 5: – Amnon Rosenberg, 51, killed, four co-workers wounded when mortar bomb explodes outside factory in Kibbutz Nir-Oz.
June 12: Three Grads, 18 Kassam rockets, and 22 mortars fired. Two Israelis wounded.
June 16: Man wounded when rocket lands near Ashkelon’s city market.
Nov- Dec 2008: Hamas, affiliated terror groups, fire 190 rockets, 138 mortar shells into Israel.
December 2008: Dozens of rockets hit Israel daily, prompting Israel to launch defensive operation on Hamas in Gaza on December 27.
Dec. 27: 58-year-old Netivot resident killed when rocket hits apartment.
Dec. 29: Hani al-Mahdi, 27, a Bedouin killed, 16 wounded when Grad lands in Ashkelon.
Dec. 29: 39-year-old woman killed, several wounded when Grad hits Ashdod, 23 miles north of Gaza
Dec. 29: Resident of the Druze town Daliat el-Carmel killed by mortar round near Nahal Oz.
The following attacks were carried out by a variety of Gaza-based terror groups following Israel holds Hamas responsible as the governing authority of the Gaza Strip.
Feb.1: Some12 rockets, mortar bombs fired from Gaza wound three Israelis.
Feb. 3: Grad launched at Ashkelon.
Feb. 28: Advanced Grad hits school in Ashkelon. Two civilians wounded.
March 1: Twelve Kassams fired at Sderot from Gaza cause property damage.
May 19: Several Kassam rocket explode outside Sderot home.
May 22: Two Palestinian gunmen killed after planting explosives near Gaza’s security fence.
June 8: Palestinians fire at IDF force patrolling Israeli side of Gaza’s security fence.
Sept. 20: IDF kills two Palestinian gunmen planting explosives along Gaza’s security fence.
June 14: Israeli police officer shot dead in West Bank, two others wounded.
March 18: 34-year-old Thai worker killed when Kassam hits moshav Netiv Ha’asara.
March 26: Two Israeli soldiers killed in exchange of fire with terrorists planting explosives.
July 30: Grad fired from Gaza lands in Ashkelon, damaging building.
Aug. 31: Palestinian terrorists opened fire on Israeli car in West Bank killing four.
Sept. 1: Two Israelis shot and wounded in ambush in West Bank.