(Photo: Etya Muhamed)
The political-security cabinet on Thursday approved a cease-fire in the conflict with Gaza. The cease-fire appears to be unilateral and not based on an agreement with the Hamas terrorist organization.
Earlier, the Qatari-based Al Jazeera network reported that Israel had informed the Egyptian government of its intention to end Operation Guardian of the walls and reach a cease-fire with Hamas.
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations have fired over 4,000 rockets at Israel over the last 11 days. 12 people, including one soldier have been killed in the rocket attacks.
Several barrages of rockets have been fired throughout the day towards Israeli civilian centers, including towards Ashkelon, Netiv Ha’asarah, Karmia, Zikim, Kerem Shalom, Kissufim, Nahal Oz, and other areas.
At approximately 1 PM, a barrage of rockets was fired towards Be’er Sheva. There were no injuries or reports of damage.
Around 3 PM, more rockets were fired, this time towards Ashkelon as well as Be’er Sheva. One of the rockets caused severe damage to a private home in Ashkelon. Israel Police is searching for the other rockets reported to have fallen. One person was injured from the rocket fire towards Ashkelon; in Be’er Sheva, there were no reports of injuries or damage