By: Nicky Nelson
BREAKING! END OF CEASE FIRE? ‘Reported rocket fire started again, Hamas said they didn’t do it, here we go, God forbid! LIVE UPDATES Here: Rocket fire resumesas cease-fire ends
Successful Iron Dome interception reported; Mortars fired at Israel hours before end of cease-fire; Hamas denies firing; Netanyahu: ‘Not clear that the fighting has ended.’
By Haaretz | Aug. 8, 2014 | 7:01 AM | 28
Hamas resumed rocket fire on Israel on Friday morning as the three-day cease-fire in the Gaza conflict came to an end.
At least one rocket was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome system over the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and two rockets fell in open areas without causing casualties or damage. Sirens sounded in the Ashkelon, Ashdod and Eshkol regions.
The cease-fire lapsed at 8 A.M. Friday amid confusion as to whether it would be extended. Palestinian sources told Haaretz that agreement had been reached to extend the truce for three days, but other sources said that it would not be renewed.
The confusion over extension of the truce came as the Cairo talks between Israel and the Palestinians remained deadlocked and without agreement.
Earlier, Palestinian spokesmen had been reported as saying that the cease-fire, which is due to end at 8 A.M. Friday, would not be extended.
Hamas had warned that it would resume hostilities if its demands are not met.
Just hours before the scheduled end of the truce, two mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory, apparently from within the southern Gaza Strip. The shells hit open areas and no injuries were reported. Rocket alerts sounded in communities near the Gaza border.
A senior Hamas official said early Friday morning that the group had decided not to extend the cease-fire due to what it said was Israel’s rejection of its demands during indirect talks in Cairo.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the Hamas delegation met for several hours early Friday with Egyptian officials. In exchange for extending the truce, he said, Hamas had demanded that Israel agree in principle to end Gaza’s border closure and allow the rebuilding of Gaza.
Hamas was told by Egypt that Israel rejected those demands, the official said.
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Live updates [Thursday]:
8:42 A.M. Rocket barrage fired at communities in the Gaza region.
8:28 A.M. Sirens sound in Eshkol and Hof Ashkelon regions.
8:20 A.M. Hamas spokesman says cease-fire will not be renewed by Cairo talks will continue.
8:08 A.M. Sirens in the Eshkol region. Residents instructed to stay within 15 seconds of shelter. Two rockets land in open areas in the Hof Ashkelon region. (Shirley Seidler)
8:04 A.M. Sirens sound in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon. Successful Iron Dome interception.
7:37 A.M. Hamas denies firing mortars into Israel. Two mortar shells were reported to have fallen in the Eshkol region at about 4 A.M. Friday. The IDF did not return fire. (Gili Cohen)
7:20 A.M. Despite the failure to reach agreement in Cairo, Israel and the Palestinians have decided to extend the Gaza cease-fire by an additional three days, Palestinian sources tell Haaretz. (Jack Khoury)
7:00 A.M. Hamas says will not extend Gaza ceasefire, AFP reports. (Haaretz)
4:35 A.M. Twp mortar shells were apparently fired from within the southern Gaza Strip towards Eshkol Regional Council just after 4:00 A.M., several hours before the cease-fire is set to expire. The shells hit open areas, and no injuries were reported. (Shirley Seidler)
4:02 A.M. Rocket alerts sounds in town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)
2:10 A.M. Israel’s warnings of the dangers posed by Hamas and other Islamic militants is not a “spin, or a whim,” says Netanyahu, speaking on Fox news channel, The threat, he said, is based on “a clinical diagnosis of a pathological movement that is sweeping our area but will soon come to a theater near you and it has to be stopped now.”