87-year-old Israeli woman killed by Gaza rocket attack

 JERUSALEM, Israel (Xinhua) -- An 87-year-old Israeli woman died in a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, bringing to eight the death toll of Israelis killed in the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The woman, from the community of Shtulim near the city of Ashdod, was hit in the head when running to the shelter as air raid sirens were sounded, said Israel's Magen David Adom emergency health service.She became Israel's eighth victim since Monday when the country launched attacks on the Gaza Strip, ruled by Hamas since 2007.At least 1,750 rockets have been fired by Gaza Palestinian militants toward Israel since Monday, according to the Israeli military. About 300 of the rockets failed to reach Israel, and the anti-rocket Iron Dome system intercepted most of the other rockets.In Gaza, Israel continued to pound the besieged Palestinian enclave with more airstrikes and shellings.Israel also called up some 9,000 reservists and massed forces near the border fence separating Gaza and Israel, in reported preparations for a possible ground offensive.A total of 103 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in the Israeli assaults, according to the figures issued by the Hamas-ruled Health Ministry in Gaza.