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Rocket Attacks Reported After Arab-Israeli Truce

Israeli retailer cleans up after rocket from Gaza Strip lands nearby in Ashdod, March 13, 2012.
Israeli retailer cleans up after rocket from Gaza Strip lands nearby in Ashdod, March 13, 2012.

Israel says Palestinian militants have fired at least five rockets toward southern Israel since an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire took effect on Tuesday.

Officials say no injuries have been reported from the rockets, which landed in open areas.

Earlier, Egypt said it had negotiated a truce between Israel and the Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, after four days of back-and-forth aerial attacks killed at least 25 Palestinians.

An Egyptian security official said the agreement includes an Israeli pledge to halt "assassinations." But a senior Israeli defense official, Amod Gilad, said that Israel will defend its citizens if necessary. "Quiet" from the Palestinian side, he said, will be met with "quiet" from the Israelis.

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have wounded at least 80 people since Friday. Israel says most of those killed in Gaza have been militants.

The militants have fired more than 100 rockets at southern Israel, wounding several Thai agricultural workers, forcing schools to close and disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for most of the rocket fire.

The Quartet of Mideast peace mediators called for calm in the region, in a statement released Monday after a meeting of representatives in New York.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed grave concern about the latest escalation in violence between Gaza and Israel, saying civilians were paying a "terrible price." In remarks to the Security Council Monday, he said rocket fire on Israeli civilians is "unacceptable," and he also urged Israel to exercise "maximum restraint."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Gab to John
March 28, 2012 4:52 AM
The Palestinian Unit that fought along side the British against the old Empire were Jews. You can check it out for yourself.

by: John
March 26, 2012 7:29 PM
The Palestinians revolted against the old empire in the 1930's, the Israelis in the 1940's. Both now have the independence they want. Their problems are their own.

by: Gab to Huang Jun
March 15, 2012 8:12 AM
A terrorist is some one who "SPECIFICALLY" targets civilian populations. The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for most of the rocket fire. They know what the response is going to be from Israel before they fire the rockets, so who do you blame?

by: Godwin
March 14, 2012 5:37 AM
Israel's peace depends on their return to God, Yahweh, who took them as his own and brought them out of the land of slavery, and from the hands of their task masters, and gathered them from their dispersal in the lands of their exiles. Now Israel is once again rejecting God in preference for the God of USA - science and the cults of capitalism. The world in love with the root of Jesse wishes Israel peace, but how can it know peace when it forsakes God, YAHWEH?

by: HUANG JUN
March 13, 2012 11:51 PM
If Israel had never killed civillians outside its territory, I have not received those rockets. So if Israel continues their aggression, they will face the threats again and again.

by: Yasin
March 13, 2012 8:16 PM
well basically Israeli Palestine dispute is the most important Issue but western countries and human rights organisations aren't concerned about killing. western countries and human rights organisations aren't focused on occupation by Israeli. western countries and human rights organisations has failed to stablise region. I will never believe in their speech

by: Gab to Mustafa, "Palestinians don't even have a real army"
March 13, 2012 7:03 AM
That is one good reason not to commit daily acts of war. Every rocket fired into Israel is an act of war, in which the known response will be used for propaganda purposes. Palestinians know to an absolute certainty that Israel will respond.

by: Lanre
March 13, 2012 6:45 AM
Who is funding the 100 rockets when children in Niger are starving. This is global injustice and crime against humanity.

by: SM
March 13, 2012 6:29 AM
A rocket is a rocket. Its intended target is civilians!!! Are you insane? Just because it didnt hurt anyone?
I feel sorry for your sense of judgement.

by: Ken
March 13, 2012 6:25 AM
Fortunately the Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted rockets fired at cities that certainly would have caused civilian casualties in Israel, Interestingly, the rockets are indiscriminate but seem to target civilian areas rather than military targets. Some people seem to overlook this or condone it.
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