Hamas Fires Rockets Into Israel As Cease-Fire Ends
Immediately after the 72-hour cease-fire, Hamas militants fired rockets into southern Israel.
In response, the Israeli military said it had targeted “terror sites” across the Gaza Strip, and there were reports of airstrikes and artillery fire…
After three days of quiet, the Israeli military said, at least 18 rockets were fired at 8 a.m. and in the hour afterward. Two were intercepted by Israel’s antimissile defense system over Ashkelon, the military said, while 14 others fell in open ground, causing no injury or damage, and two landed short in the Gaza Strip. The military also reported two launchings of rockets or mortar shells from Gaza before dawn.
There was no immediate word from Hamas about the rockets, but Islamic Jihad, another militant faction that has taken part in the fighting and is represented at the talks in Cairo, claimed responsibility for firing them…
A spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said in a speech aired Thursday night on Hamas’s television channel, Al Aqsa, that the Israeli forces had left in defeat.
“We gave a space for negotiations in order to agree on the demands of the Palestinian resistance and bring our people a better life of dignity,” he said, warning, “We are ready to resume the gun battle again.”
“We will not accept to end this battle without stopping the aggression, lifting the siege and the most important demand of building a seaport for Gaza, and we will never accept less than that,” he said.