Police officiers remove the remains of a Grad rocket 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
Israel delayed a military operation in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket
fire after Egypt requested giving an additional 24 hours to cease-fire efforts,
The Jerusalem Post learned on Tuesday.
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Although Tuesday was almost
entirely free of rockets, terrorists in Gaza fired a projectile into Israel in
The rocket exploded in open territory, in the Eshkol
Regional Council. No injuries were reported, but the rocket served as a reminder
that Egypt’s attempts to halt the attacks had not been fully achieved.
small jihadi-terror cell in Gaza – and not Islamic Jihad – behind a wave rockets on southern Israel
on Monday night, the defense community
Irrespective of that evaluation, defense sources stressed that
Israel views Hamas as being responsible for all attacks out of Gaza, and had
intended on launching an operation that would have been significantly wider in
scope than the pinpoint strikes against terror cells seen until
Shortly before the operation was due to go ahead, Egypt asked Israel
to pause for a final effort at getting Gazan terror organizations to halt the
rocket attacks. Egyptian officials held rounds of talks with Palestinian
factions in Gaza aimed at achieving calm.
Israel does not recognize any
cease-fire with terror groups in Gaza, but it is observing developments on the
ground and formulating its military response accordingly, defense sources
Israel is prepared to go ahead with a more forceful response
should the rockets resume, the sources said. That response could involve ground
forces, some reports said.
On Monday, terrorists fired six rockets at
Israel. One Grad was intercepted over Beersheba.
Other rockets fell south
of Ashkelon, as well as in agricultural areas in the western Negev.
injuries or damages were reported.