Palestinians Breach Gaza Truce

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CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired four Kassam rockets on Sderot Tuesday, one scoring a direct hit on a house, two landing elsewhere in the city, and a fourth exploding in an open field. Two people were injured and two others treated for shock.

Tuesday's rocket attack followed a mortar shelling late Monday on the western Negev that landed in an open area, with no injuries or damage, the first breach of the fragile cease-fire agreement with Israel, which began Thursday morning.

Residents of Sderot and other southern Israeli communities have little hope for the Egyptian-brokered truce with Hamas and smaller terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

"We are familiar with these cease-fires," Sderot resident Arieh Cohen told YNet news. "The fear [of rocket and mortar fire] still exists," he said.

"We sense that the truce was declared more for the benefit of the politicians than for the Negev residents," Cohen said.

Meanwhile in a counter-terror operation in the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Nablus (biblical Shechem), Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops killed two terrorists, Taker Abu Rali, a senior Islamic Jihad commander, and Iad Hanfar, affiliated with Hamas.

The IDF said Rali was planning a terror attack, evidenced by the ammunition, explosives and rifles found in his apartment.

The Egyptian-brokered truce applies only to the Gaza Strip, not to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), where the IDF continues to monitor terror activities in PA-controlled areas.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum accused Israel of harming the five-day-old tahadiyeh (temporary calm).

"The resistance factions in the West Bank have the full right to respond to this crime," Barhoum said.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for Tuesday's Kassam barrage, while Hamas officials issued a statement saying they are committed to the cease-fire despite the violation.

"Hamas is keen to maintain the deal," said Sami Abu Zuhri, who urged "all Palestinian factions to abide by the tahaiyeh."

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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