Gaza rockets continued to hit Israel's south on Sunday morning in the Eshkol and Ashdod regions. No injuries or damage were reported. The Iron Dome system intercepted at least six rockets fired at southern communities including Ashdod and Ashkelon. The Air Force continued to strike terror targets in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians reported that a teenager was killed in the strike.
Meanwhile, a Hamas journal reported of negotiations for a lull to commence within 48 hours with Egypt mediation.
According to Gaza reports, the IDF carried out a strike in the northern part of the Jabalya refugee camp which killed a 14-year-old boy, Ayoub Assila, who was on his way to school. Several injuries were also reported including Waffi, Assila's 7-year-old cousin who was taken to a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip.
Later, Palestinians reported that tank shells were fired at vehicles moving east of Gaza and near the border fence. One passenger was reported injured.
On Saturday, five Qassam rockets exploded in Eshkol. School studies in the majority of Israel's southern communities will not be held on Sunday.
The IDF carried out three strikes in Gaza overnight against a weapons cache, a terrorist cell planning to launch rockets at Israel, and launch pads.
Grad rocket intercepted in south (Photo: Avi Manor)
Palestinian sources reported that one person was killed by IDF fire targeting a Popular Resistance Committees cell in the neighborhood of Zeitun, east of Gaza City. Two others were injured in the strike sustaining moderate wounds.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that the army thwarted a rocket launching attempt from the central Gaza Strip overnight.
Shrapnel on building's wall in Eshkol (Photo: AP)
Thus far a total of 17 Palestinians were killed in IDF strikes in Gaza, most of them terrorists.
More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel. A total of 82 rockets hit Israel's south and 31 were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome system. One person was seriously injured at the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday night.
The current round of violence began on Friday evening after the assassination of the PRC's Secretary-General Zuhir al-Qaisi who was killed in Gaza along with a terrorist released as part of the Shalit deal. The two were planning a terrorist attack to be carried out from the Sinai area.
Security officials estimate that violence will continue in the next few days. They warned of rocket residues hitting the earth after Iron Dome interceptions. Rocket parts landed at an Ashdod soccer field and scorched the grass. No players were on the field at the time.
On Saturday, the Home Front Command announced that schools situated between 7 and 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip will not be opened on Sunday. Studies at the Gaza vicinity communities will be held as usual, as the buildings are aptly fortified.
Ilana Curiel, Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy, Neri Brener and Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report
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