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Palestinian fires mortar (Archive photo) Photo: AP
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Palestinians fire mortars at Karni crossing

In another breach of agreed upon truce, number of shells land near crossing that is expected to be reopened Sunday; no injuries reported

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 06.28.08, 23:42 / Israel News

Palestinians fired a number of mortars Saturday evening toward the Karni crossing on the Gaza-Israel border. It remains unclear whether the shells landed in Israeli or Palestinian territory. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

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An explosion was heard near the western Negev community of Gabim, but a search for a rocket or mortar landing site came up empty.

 

The Karni crossing is expected to be reopened by Israel on Sunday for the transfer of goods to the Strip within the framework of the agreed upon ceasefire between Israel and the armed Palestinian organizations in the coastal enclave.

 

The crossings were closed down a week ago following repeated truce violations on the part of the Palestinians.

 

The Nahal Oz fuel terminal was reopened on Friday to allow the transfer of fuel to Gaza in a limited capacity.

 

A senior Israeli security establishment official said on Thursday that "any breach of the ceasefire agreement will be dealt with accordingly. However, if the calm is upheld, we'll fulfill our part of the deal.

 

Earlier on Saturday, Islamic Jihad threatened to resume rocket attacks on Israel if the IDF continues its military operations in the West Bank.

 

"Islamic Jihad reserves the right to respond to all Israeli violations," one of the group's Gaza chiefs Khaled al-Batch said, but added they would "not take the initiative in breaking the calm."

 

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