Three rockets from Gaza reportedly hit the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Wednesday night as the midnight end of a three-day ceasefire loomed with no breakthrough in negotiations in Cairo in sight.
Soon after the three rockets hit Israel, an explosion was heard in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, however, denied that the group had fired any rockets.
Israeli Channel 2 TV station earlier reported an extension of the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants was accepted by the Israeli cabinet on Wednesday evening, after being proposed by Egypt earlier in the day.
Hamas has accused Israel of using the short-term extensions of the ceasefire as a stalling tactic as it refuses to consider any of the Palestinian demands for peace. more