Rockets Fired into Israel, but Ceasefire Holds

Though three rockets were fired into Israel, according to BBC News, the ceasefire in Gaza has, so far, held. Olmert says that Israel will nonetheless exercise “patience and restraint” and that he hopes the ceasefire can be extended to the West Bank as well and eventually lead to a permanent peace deal.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the three rockets, none of which caused any harm. Hamas’ armed wing said that the rockets were launched because Israeli troops were still in Gaza, even though Israel says that all troops were pulled out overnight. Hamas leader Ismail Haniya says that all Palestinian militant groups have reaffirmed commitment to the ceasefire.

Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying that it would not agree to a ceasefire if Israel continued its military activity in the West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas says that he has ordered security forces to enforce the deal in northern Gaza.

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