Israel: first bomb fired from Gaza since truce

Sep 16, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
 Israeli soldiers prepare their Tanks in a deployment area on July 24, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
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The mortar bombing, which caused no casualties, would represent the first attack since a ceasefire was signed on August 26 after seven weeks of conflict. Hamas, Gaza's Islamist leadership, denied responsiblity for the mortar fire, and emphasized the Palestinian side's committment to the ceasefire.

Reuters reports:

Both Israel and the Palestinians have been on edge for a possible resumption of violence after the inconclusive war that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, along with 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel. Israel has said it would not tolerate even a "trickle" of small-scale Palestinian shelling -- a pledge that, if followed up with military retaliation, could now risk escalation. Hamas, the dominant Islamist faction in Gaza, played down the Israeli report about the shelling and saw no Palestinian challenge to the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

In the meanwhile however, Israeli and Palestinian officials looked to have reached a temporary deal on Gaza reconstruction material. According to the New York Times:

The three-way agreement on reconstruction is between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations. Mr. Abbas announced the agreement last Thursday in a televised meeting of the Palestinian leadership. The estimated reconstruction cost is about $7 billion, Palestinian leaders have said. An international donor conference is scheduled for next month. Donors, however, are likely to be wary of committing funds without assurances of a more enduring peace deal.