Hamas says it is ready for Egypt-brokered Gaza truce with Israel (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Reuters and Haaretz 06/21/12)
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Around 70 rockets and mortars were fired into southern Israel from
Gaza on Wednesday.
Palestinian Hamas militants announced on Wednesday they were ready to
stop the latest round of cross-border violence as long as Israel
followed suit, in a statement issued after Israeli air strikes killed
two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a third day of fighting.
"Responding to the Egyptian efforts, we and the armed resistance
announce our commitment to stop this round of confrontation as long
as the occupation stops this aggression," said a written statement
from Hamas´s armed wing.
Israel had no immediate comment.
Around 70 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel from Gaza since
Wednesday morning. Around 120 were fired since the start of the week.
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a rocket fired at
Netivot on Wednesday.
Hamas took responsibility for rocket fire overnight Monday, and
announced on Tuesday afternoon that its military wing had fired 10
Grad rockets toward Israel. The rocket fire marked an unusual move
for the group, which has been avoiding launching rockets toward
Israel for many months now.
On Sunday morning, a terrorist cell crossed the border from Egypt
into Israel and detonated an explosive device which ended up killing
an Israeli citizen who was working on the construction of the Israel-
Egypt border fence. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/21/12)
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