Gaza rockets hit Israel as truce unravels
Published on Aug 8, 2014 12:24 PM
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Two rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into southern Israel before dawn on Friday, as a 72-hour truce appeared to be reaching an end.
And two senior Hamas officials said the Palestinian militant movement would not extend a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza that expires at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore time) on Friday, accusing Israel of rejecting their demands for a truce.
A leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a smaller faction in Gaza that is also present in Cairo-mediated truce talks, confirmed the factions had decided not to extend the ceasefire.
Israel had said earlier it was ready to "indefinitely" extend the ceasefire.
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