Israel and Gaza Break Cease-fire With Rockets
Hours after agreeing to extend their cease-fire for another 24-hours, Israel and Palestinians broke their truce by firing rockets at each other. Israel's attacks are reportedly in retaliation for three rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday. No casualties have been reported after the rockets landed in an open area near Beersheba.
"Today's rocket attack on Beersheba is a grave and direct violation of the cease-fire to which Hamas committed itself," Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli government, told the New York Times.
Government officials say the negotiations with the Palestinian delegation over the truce in Cairo have collapsed, and that, following the rocket fire from Gaza, the prime minister and the defense minister instructed the Israeli delegation in Cairo to return to Israel.
Sources in Gaza report that Israeli warplanes struck farming areas near Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, in the Zeitoun neighborhood to the east, in the Almasder village east of the Alamaazi refugee camp in the central Strip, and in Khan Younis to the south. So far, no casualties were reported. Hamas termed the strikes as an "Israeli breach of the truce."
An anonymous Israeli government official told Reuters, "In response to Hamas's violation of the truce, the prime minister and defense minister have ordered the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to once more attack terror sites in the Gaza Strip."
It's still unclear whether Hamas or another group was responsible for firing the rockets from Gaza.
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