Hamas fighters end Israeli truce

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades fire dozens of rockets into Israel.

    The attacks caused no damage or injuries

    Truce violation 'an exception'

     

    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and leader of Fatah, said that the violation of the ceasefire by Hamas was an exception and called on Israel to show restraint.

    Your Views

    "When is the UN going to act on this one-way-street aggression?"

    Corbeau, Reading, United Kingdom

    Send us your views

    "The violation of the truce is an exceptional event that will not last," he said at a news conference in Rome.

    "I take this opportunity to appeal to Israel to show the necessary self-control so that this will not happen again."

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet with his senior security advisers on Wednesday to consider their options, Israel Radio reported.

    The attacks, which came as Israel observed its 59th anniversary, caused no damage or injuries.

     

    Bloody weekend

     

    They marked the first time that Hamas, the senior partner in the Palestinian coalition cabinet, claimed responsibility for launching rockets into Israel since a November 26 ceasefire took effect between the army and Palestinian fighters.

     

    Abu Obaida said the firing of Tuesday's projectiles was a response to the death of nine Palestinians, two teenagers and five fighters among them, by Israeli troops over the weekend in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

      

    The deaths marked the bloodiest weekend of Israeli-Palestinian violence since the November truce and sparked calls for retaliation on the part of Palestinian armed groups.

     

    Under the terms of the November ceasefire, the Israeli army withdrew troops from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian fighters there were supposed to halt rocket fire.

      

    Until Tuesday, the truce has largely held despite violations by both sides.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.