7 projectiles fired after 'cease-fire' came into effect
By YAAKOV LAPPIN, *******, JPOST.COM STAFF
Palestinians fire 5 mortar shells into the Eshkol Regional Council, 2 rockets into Ashkelon Coast and Eshkol Regional councils; no injuries or damages; Vilna'i: At the moment, the direction is toward calm.
Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh announced that the Palestinians
put a stop to the Israeli "aggression" and assassinations in the Gaza Strip as
part of the ceasefire agreement.
"Israel's weak excuses for carrying out assassinations are
unacceptable," he said, noting that the targeted killings were a major issue
addressed in the talks to end the latest round of fire between Israel and the
Palestinians. (Elior Levy)
Two additional mortars fired from Gaza landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. One of the shells exploded inside a community, while the other landed in an open area. There were no reports of injury or damage.
Earlier, four mortars landed in the same area.
So the Gazan's have broken the ceasefire already. I wonder what the world reaction will be if Israel retaliates. "Israel breaks ceasefire!!!"?
Ministers blast 'soft response' to escalation
Six shells hit western Negev despite truce with Gaza terror groups. Minister Aharonovich says retaliation to incessant rocket fire from Strip should have been 'more painful'
Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied claims made by Hamas
Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh who said that Israel has agreed to stop
its targeted killings policy as part of the ceasefire deal.
"There is no agreement on targeted killings of terrorists," one source
said. (Attila Somfalvi)
Syria’s foreign ministry condemned Israel for its military offensive against the Gaza Strip, calling for urgent international intervention against Israel.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry lambasted Israel’s “vicious aggression” against Gaza, demanding that Israel remove its blockade of the strip. Syria is facing mounting international pressure over the past few days for its violent crackdown on civil protests across the country, culminating in an apparent massacre of women and children in Homs Monday.
The statement criticized “suspicious Arab initiatives” against Syria, which, it claimed, served to deflect international attention from Israel’s actions in Gaza. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are leading an Arab coalition, mostly of Gulf states, in support of bolder international action against Syria.
“Gaza, which is drowning in its blood for days, knows for certain that Damascus will continue to support it despite the Arab preoccupation with the conspiracy against Syria,” read the statement, published by the Syrian News Agency SANA.
Parliamentary elections will take place in Syria on May 7 based on the country’s newly ratified constitution, President Bashar Assad announced Tuesday.
Guess who is back?
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...202474,00.htmlTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned Israeli air raids in Gaza, and stated that the "massacre" in the Hamas-ruled territory is continuing.
Speaking to the parliament in Ankara, he said Israel "is continuing to bomb Gaza after failing to destroy it through hunger." Erdogan called on the international community to stop the "massacre." (Aviel Magnezi)