The Israeli air force struck two “terror activity sites” in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to continued rocket attacks from Gaza even after yesterday’s reported truce to end four days of violence.
At least eight rockets have struck Israel since the report of the cease-fire early yesterday, an army spokeswoman said, speaking anonymously in accordance with military regulation. One person was lightly injured by rocket shrapnel in the southern city of Netivot and several people were treated for shock, the spokesman said.
Israel and the Palestinians reached an understanding yesterday to end four days of fighting in Gaza after Israeli air strikes killed at least 24 people and militants fired about 200 rockets from the coastal enclave, wounding four people.
“Our message is clear: quiet will bring quiet,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday in Jerusalem. “Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it -- we will find him.”
This month’s bloodshed began with a March 9 Israeli air strike on what the army said were two militants planning an attack from the Egyptian-controlled Sinai, including Zuhir al-Qaisi, head of the Popular Resistance Committees. The rocket attacks and air strikes that followed have been the worst since August, when eight Israelis were killed in an attack near the resort of Eilat and at least 24 Palestinians died in subsequent air raids.
Israel said it holds the Hamas Islamic movement responsible for all attacks emanating from the territory. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is considered a terrorist group by the U.S., Israel and the European Union.