Gaza rockets target Israeli town

Attacks strain month-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

    Mediation talks between Israel and Hamas have
    shown little sign of progress [AFP]

    Since the end of Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian fighters have fired more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel.

    Israel has also carried out several air raids targeting alleged fighters, weapons caches and smuggling tunnels beneath the Gaza-Egypt border.

    Egypt has been struggling to mediate a more permanent ceasefire deal between the two sides in recent weeks, but the talks have shown little sign of progress.

    Separately, Al Jazeera has learnt that Mussa Abu Marzuk, Hamas's second-in-command who lives in exile in Syria, entered the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing from Egypt on Friday.

    Abu Marzuk, one of the main founders of Hamas in the 1980s, had been attending reconciliation talks with other Palestinian factions in Egypt.

    An Egyptian terminal official confirmed the visit, while Hamas would neither confirm nor deny that Abu Marzuk had entered the Palestinian territory.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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