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October 25, 2012 7:41 am

Gaza Terrorists Fire Mortar to Defy Truce With Israel

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Rocket in Netivot open area. Photo: Daniel Hagbi, Sderot Media Center.

Palestinian terrorists fired a mortar shell into Israel on Thursday morning to defy an informal truce between Israel and Hamas, Haaretz reported.

The shell was directed at the western Negev following an Egyptian-brokered truce that had supposedly ended a two-day Palestinian onslaught that saw a total of 86 projectiles fired at the Jewish state from Gaza.

“The Egyptians have a very impressive ability to articulate to [Hamas] that its primary interest is not to attack and use terror against Israel or other targets,” Israeli defense official Amos Gilad told Army Radio.

Before the truce, the last rocket from Gaza had been fired at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman cited by Reuters. Gilad, however, stressed that “there is no agreement with Hamas, there has never been and there will never be.”

“The only thing that has been set and said is that there will be calm,” Gilad said. “We are not interested in an escalation.”

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