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Hamas breaks 8-day-old ceasefire with Israel by firing 3 rockets at Be’er Sheva

By Mason White 2:40 PM August 19, 2014
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By: Aryeh Savir
The week-long ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, was shattered after three rockets landed in Be’er Sheva, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Terrorists from Gaza fired the three long-range rockets on Tuesday afternoon, ending the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

No terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack.

An IDF spokesman confirmed that the three rockets fell in open areas, causing no damage or injuries. Reports indicate that no warning sirens were sounded when the rockets exploded in Israel.

Further reports indicate that Israel’s government has ordered the IDF to resume its strikes against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to the rocket fire.

Shai Hajaj, Head of the Merchavim Municipal Council in the Negev, voiced concern and disappointment of the current situation.

“The terrorist organizations led by Hamas, do not respect agreements time after time. We will not accept fire on our communities and the government must care for the safety of its citizens. The school year is scheduled to commence in the coming days and the buildings are not properly fortified. There are only a few bomb shelters, which cannot properly house the student population, and they are too far away to reach in time,” Hajaj said.

The attack comes amid contradicting reports about a possible breakthrough in the Egypt-brokered truce talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo.

Earlier today, Sami Abu Zohari, Hamas’ spokesman in Gaza, blamed Israel for “dragging its feet’ in the negotiations. “Israel bares the responsibility for the stagnation in the negotiations, and shows no willingness to obtain an agreement,” said Zohari.