Last night just hours before a 72-hour truce officially expired and while new talks were ongoing, Hamas terrorists sent two rockets into southern Israel, breaking the three-day ceasefire agreement between the two sides.
Once again, Hamas has violated a cease-fire. pic.twitter.com/3OPa5vViC2— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2014
Moments ago, 2 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. Terrorists have violated the cease-fire.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2014
Moments ago, terrorists in Gaza fired 2 more rockets at Israel. 1 hit an open area in Israel; 1 landed inside Gaza.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2014
In response to the renewal of rocket fire by Gaza terrorists at Israel, we are striking terror sites in Gaza.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2014
It is not clear if the renewed fighting will derail the Cairo talks, which are aimed at reaching a sustainable truce, or if Egyptian mediators can find a way to prevent further escalation.
Hamas officials said that even though they refused to extend the three-day cease-fire, they were willing to continue negotiations.
An Israeli government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, said Israel would not conduct negotiations under fire and would protect its citizens by all means.
The Israeli delegation left Cairo on Friday morning, and it was not clear if it would return.