Hamas militants in Gaza pelted Israel with rockets and mortars on Tuesday for the first time in five months, retaliating for deadly Israeli raids in the Palestinian territories, leaving a largely successful Gaza truce in serious doubt.
The armed wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas declared a five-month truce with Israel over on Tuesday after claiming to have fired scores of rockets into the Jewish state on its Independence Day.
For the first time in five months, the armed wing of Hamas has fired mortars and rockets into Israel from Gaza, breaking an unofficial truce and a period of relative calm along the border.
JERUSALEM, April 24 -- The military wing of Hamas fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Tuesday and reiterated that it would no longer abide by a five-month-old truce with Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.
The United States warned Palestinians on Tuesday not to abandon a spotty ceasefire with Israel, saying the "pathway to Palestine" and an independent state lies through negotiations, not violence.
Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells toward Israel on its independence day Tuesday, and said they considered it the end of a five-month truce with Israel.
Israel celebrated its 59th independence day Tuesday with a mix of malaise and festivity, with millions enjoying barbecues in backyards and parks while lamenting rising corruption and the depressing after-effects of the summer's inconclusive war in Lebanon.
Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells toward Israel on Tuesday and said they considered a five-month truce with Israel to have ended.
Hamas's armed wing declared an end to a five-month-old ceasefire on Tuesday, firing rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip after Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians over the weekend.
Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells toward Israel on Tuesday and said they considered a five-month truce with Israel to have come to an end.