Israel orders army response as Gaza fires rockets

Jerusalem - Israel on Tuesday ordered the military to respond after three rockets from Gaza struck the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce, an Israeli official said.

Speaking to AFP, the official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "ordered the IDF to attack terror targets in Gaza" in response to the fire, which saw three rockets hit near the southern city of Beersheva that is home to some 200 000 people.

"Three [rockets] fell on open ground in the Beersheva area," an army spokesperson told AFP. Police said there were no injuries or damage.

Shorty afterwards, Palestinian witnesses and security services reported one Israeli air strike hitting open ground in northern Gaza, causing no injuries or damage in what was the first such raid in five days.

"Following renewed rocket attacks... the IDF is currently targeting terror sites across the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.

An foreign ministry statement described the volley as a violation of the ceasefire agreement which is due to expire at 21:00 GMT with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo working against the clock to reach a deal to secure a longer-term truce in Gaza.

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Mikaeel Adam 2014-08-19 04:57:32 PM
As usual. BECAUSE ISRAEL SAYS SO!! I wonder what the real truth is???
James Uknow 2014-08-19 05:01:39 PM
what has HAMAS actually hit with rockets ,they spending awful lot of money without any results except get GAZA destroyed and people killed ,time to accept ceasefire and rethink strategy to achieve freedom
Rob Graf 2014-08-19 05:01:39 PM
Shoot at me I'll shoot back...simple
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-19 05:11:21 PM
Here we go again!!! Thank you Hamas for causing more war and death to the innocent. You clearly do not want peace for Palestinians or Israeli's.
Willie Lottering 2014-08-19 05:12:59 PM
Leilanie I agree totally. Hope they can sort things quicly. We are book to travel to isreal in October
Darren Marcus 2014-08-19 05:16:00 PM
Why is it that when ever people try defend hamas or palistine they have conspircy story's or its the USA or Israel are making up these rockets that are being fired ???? But refuse to accept the truth even if it hits them in the face !?!? Hamas loves death !! Hamas loves it when Israel return fire !! How can people protest against Israel when it is proved from the mouth of Hamas members that they want there people to die for there cause ????
jungleboy 2014-08-19 05:22:42 PM
Its comforting to know that Israel will eventually be wiped off the face of the earth with nuclear wapons.
Rui Obed Muchenga 2014-08-19 05:26:30 PM
Well, then set us another march this time in durban and we ll go. # bloody mslims
Makhulu Zulu 2014-08-19 06:04:28 PM
The rockets will continue until u stop your stinking apartheid and siege.
Alan Yates 2014-08-19 06:29:50 PM
Another day of killing in the 1400 year long war on non Muslims started in the 7th century by a desert Bedouin warlord... Boycott anything to do with Muslim Brotherhood/IS/HAMAS/BOKO and their murderous jihad and Sharia of Islam...since 9/11 there have been over 20,000 terrorist attacks in the world by Muslim Jihadists...