Despite Truce, Gaza Militants Fire Rockets Into Israel

By Yanir Yagna and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Published August 22, 2011.
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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip continued to fire rockets at southern Israel overnight Sunday and into Monday morning, despite the Hamas rulers’ declaration of a cease-fire the prior evening.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of rockets fired toward Ashkelon. A Qassam rocket and volley of mortar shells were fired toward the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza border; one of the one mortars struck a building and caued minor damage. No one was hurt in the rocket fire overnight Sunday.

A total of 12 rockets were fired toward Israel after Hamas’ declared cease-fire went into effect at 9 P.M. on Sunday evening.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a special meeting of Israel’s security cabinet until 3 A.M. on Sunday to discuss the situation in Gaza. During the hour-long session, the ministers discussed the possibilities of an Israeli response to the rocket fire from Gaza, as well as Hamas’ declaration of a cease-fire.

For more, see Haaretz.com






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