Friday, 14 March 2014

Gaza truce appears to be holding


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A truce declared by Gaza militants appeared to be holding on Friday with the Israeli military reporting no fresh rocket fire during the night after two days of tit-for-tat violence.

"It's all quiet, there has been no fire overnight," an army spokesman said at 8:00 a.m.

Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce on the Israel-Gaza border had been restored after Israeli warplanes pounded the territory in response to a barrage of rocket fire by its militants.

But the truce, which was to have taken effect at 12:00 GMT on Thursday, was tested when the Israeli military reported further rocket fire from Gaza hours later and launched retaliatory air strikes for a second night.

"Israel Air Force aircraft targeted four terror sites in the southern Gaza Strip and three additional terror sites in the northern Gaza Strip," a military statement released around midnight said.

Witnesses and Palestinian security officials said the targets included facilities near Gaza City used by the military wing of Hamas. more

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