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A futile ceasefire by Israel?

Israeli troops IIMilitants fired six rockets into southern Israel and exchanged gunfire with troops in northern Gaza Sunday, hours after Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire in the Palestinian territory, an Israeli spokesman said.

The Qassam rockets were fired into Sderot at 9 a.m. — seven hours after Israel’s cease-fire went into effect. The rockets did not injure anyone, and Israeli aircrafts destroyed the rocket launcher soon afterward, an Israeli military spokesman said.

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The gunfire exchange in northern Gaza occurred after Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israeli forces, the Israeli military said. Troops returned fire.

Israel launched an offensive in Gaza just over three weeks ago, with the stated intent of stopping the barrage of rockets — primarily the short-range homemade Qassam rocket — fired from the territory into southern Israel by Hamas fighters.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, Israel declared a cease-fire in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel was prepared to respond if Hamas militants continue fighting in Gaza.

“If foes decide to continue to fight against us, then we will be ready and we shall consider ourselves justified in replying,” he said.

Hamas leaders responded, saying they did not consider Olmert’s declaration a cease-fire as long as Israeli troops remain in the Palestinian territory.
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“The troops on the ground is a declaration of war against the Palestinians,” said Osama Hamdan, a representative of Hamas, which has held political control of Gaza since 2007. “Israel did not offer anything.”

Even before Sunday’s rocket attacks, the cease-fire announcement was met with pessimism by Palestinians.

Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator during diplomatic talks about the conflict, noted that Olmert did not say Israeli troops would be leaving Gaza.

“I’m afraid this means the cease-fire will not stand — it will break,” Erakat told CNN International. “Anybody can fire a shot now … . It’s a very fragile moment.” Video Watch Palestinian negotiator say cease-fire will not last »

Islamic Jihad, an extremist group operating in Gaza and listed as a terrorist organization by several governments, said the cease-fire was an Israeli decision that will not impact its actions.

Senior leader Khader Habib told CNN his group will continue fighting until Israel leaves Gaza, and crossings into and out of the territory are opened. Islamic Jihad is not directly affiliated with Hamas.

Source: CNN

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One Response

  1. Israel unilaterally declared a ceasefire yesterday. Of course it quickly vanished when Hamas fired five rockets into Israel. Hamas does not want to cease fire unless it is on their therms. They are concerned about looking defeated in the eyes of the Arab world. In truth, they have been defeated from a military standpoint.

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