Isreal Agrees To Extend Ceasefire But Gaza Militants Refused As They Resume Firing Rockets Into Isreal
Militants resumed firing rockets into Israel from Gaza late on Saturday, rejecting an extension to a ceasefire in a conflict in which more than 1000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been reported dead.
Israel had initially agreed to extend 12-hour humanitarian truce, but this was rejected by Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza.
“Any humanitarian cease-fire that does not include the withdrawal of the occupation soldiers from Gaza borders and allowing citizens to return to their homes and evacuate casualties is unacceptable,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
Warning sirens sounded across the country as rockets were fired as far as the Tel Aviv area, police said. Israeli tank fire killed a man in the southern Gaza Strip, a local official said, announcing the first fatality after the breakdown of the ceasefire.
Even before the truce broke down, some Israeli ministers signalled that a comprehensive deal to end the 19-day conflict with Hamas and its allies was remote.
Israel launched its ground incursion in Gaza 10 days ago with the stated aim of taking out the threat posed by the tunnels, which run under the border and have been used by militants to carry out attacks on Israeli soil.