(JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has resumed air strikes over the Gaza Strip in response to a renewal of rocket fire by the terror organization Hamas into southern Israel.
Hamas terrorists began firing at Israel again Friday morning after the end of the agreed-upon three-day truce at 8 a.m., during which negotiations have been taking place in Cairo, Egypt.
"Our demands are not negotiable," Hamas spokesperson Hassam Badran said according to Israel's Channel 2.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that "Hamas doesn't really want the blockade on Gaza lifted," but rather Hamas wants "to gain legitimacy as a terror group that governs territory, and Israel will not accept that."
Since the cease-fire has expired, more than 50 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel from Gaza, and the Israeli Air Force has hit more than 40 targets in Gaza in response, reported Haaretz.
Two Israelis were injured from rocket shrapnel near the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, and a rocket hit a house in Sderot, reported Yedioth Achronoth. In Gaza, Palestinian officials reported that five people were killed from the IDF's renewed strikes.
The White House has issued a statement condemning "the renewed rocket fire" by Hamas and expressed concern about "the safety and security of civilians on both sides of that conflict," reported the Associated Press.
"We will continue to strike Hamas, its infrastructure, its operatives, and restore security for the State of Israel," said IDF Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner in a statement.