Eight hours of the end of the new truce between Israel and Palestinian factions, three rockets fired from Gaza have broken in practice a ceasefire, however, no one has yet said it is officially finished. The three projectiles have impacted on open areas of central Israel, between Netivot and Be’er Sheva, an area with 200,000 inhabitants. No damage or injuries have been reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the army to respond. It already has, as confirmed by a military spokesman, attacked a “terrorist target ” in the range. At the moment it is unknown whether it has caused casualties. Military sources explained that this is a “selective, accurate ” attack, which seeks to hurt the point of origin of the rockets.
It is not confirmed if this is the first step to fully resume Operation Margin Protector, which began on July 8. In fact, no Palestinian militia has yet claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, which occurred around 16:00 hours. Since last Thursday, when the last truce of five days, extended for 24 more hours last night began, there was another exchange of fire. Eight rockets hit Israel and its army replied destroying several shuttles. Then negotiations were held in Cairo. Now reopens the question of whether the parties break the deck or hold out until midnight, when the dialogue within the opponents were given, through the mediation of Egypt expires.
The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Netanyahu had ordered his team to return to Tel Aviv, although no official confirmation of his cabinet nor the negotiators themselves, even in Cairo. The Palestinian delegation has not spoken to this incident. In Gaza, witnesses explain that there are already returning to civilian shelters UN Agency for Refugees (UNRWA) in search of a safe roof if the offensive was resumed. Both sides have expressed in recent days that they are ” ready for any scenario ” and that the return to violence is not ruled out. This morning, however, Egypt insisted that public attitudes to achieve a political settlement leading a permanent truce on the border have come ” significantly ” and that it was feasible to reduce the siege of the Gaza Strip and to open reconstruction.