Twenty-four hours earlier, the ceasefire reached between the Israel and the Palestinian factions was violated once again, as a Qassam rocket landed in an open area near a community in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.
The Color Red alert system was activated at around 1:05 pm in Sderot and the Gaza vicinity communities. Several seconds later, an explosion was heard near one of the communities.
On Thursday, two Qassam rockets landed in the western Negev. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, claimed responsibility, saying the rockets were fired in response to the assassination of Talal Abed just outside the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.
Several hours later, Hamas announced it had arrested two Fatah members who had launched the rockets towards Israel. Hamas sources reported that "the rocket fire threatens the truce. This is an attempt to thwart the truce and not a response to Israel's actions."
Meanwhile, western Negev residents have had enough of the truce being violated by the Palestinian side so many times. Sderot residents recently put up a sign at the entrance to the city saying, "(Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert's ceasefire: They can fire, we can't."