Gaza militants fire rockets into Israel, despite reports of attempted truce (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Gili Cohen and Yanir Yagna 06/21/12)
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Seven rockets in all exploded in the western Negev overnight, no
damages or casualties reported; Hamas announces willingness to halt
recent military escalation.
Gaza militants fired seven rockets at the western Negev overnight,
including five Thursday morning, despite reported Hamas attempts to
end a recent violent escalation along the Strip´s boarder with Israel.
The rockets fired in the later morning hours targeted the Eshkol
Regional Council, with all landing in open fields and without causing
casualties or damages.
Overnight, one Qassam rocket hit an open field near Ashkelon, with
another launched at the southern city intercepted by an Iron Dome
Classes were canceled in Ashkelon on Thursday in light of the
On Wednesday, Hamas militants announced 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.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/21/12)
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