Friday 6 December 2019

Barrage of Gaza rockets fired at Israel hours after ceasefire

Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli air strike in Deir al-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli air strike in Deir al-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Fares Akram

Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel yesterday, hours after a ceasefire was declared to end two days of intense fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad group, the heaviest escalation in months that killed at least 34 Palestinians and paralysed parts of Israel.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the new wave of rockets.

Israel had hailed the Gaza operation as a victory, defending its policy of targeting militants in their homes despite civilian deaths, and vowed to continue the tactic.

Islamic Jihad said it had succeeded in getting Israel to agree to a ceasefire based on several demands, including a halt to Israeli targeted killings of the group's leaders.

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Israeli officials said the only unwritten agreement was that Israel would hold fire so long as Islamic Jihad did.

But after hours of calm, a barrage of rockets blasted out of the territory, setting off air-raid sirens in southern Israel and testing the fragile truce.

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