Gaza rocket fire violates cease-fire, IDF responds

Qassam rocket launchers in Gaza. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

( The Israel Defense Forces launched a series of strikes in Gaza on Tuesday following fresh rocket attacks that were launched despite a cease-fire.

Three rockets launched from Gaza landed in open areas near Be’er Sheva. Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system near Netivot. 

Tuesday’s rocket attacks came despite a temporary cease-fire that was extended Monday night and scheduled to expire at midnight on Tuesday. In light of the violation, Israel recalled its negotiating delegation from Cairo.

“Today’s rocket attack on Be’er Sheva is a grave and direct violation of the ceasefire to which Hamas committed itself,” said Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

While Hamas has denied it is behind the rocket attacks, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum hinted at the attacks before the launch, saying, “If Netanyahu doesn’t understand … the language of politics in Cairo, we know how to make him understand,” the Associated Press reported. 

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been attempting to forge a long-term cease-fire through indirect Egyptian-brokered negotiations. 

Posted on August 19, 2014 .