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Gaza: Rockets Fired Hours After Ceasefire
Twelve rockets were fired into Israel hours after a ceasefire was brokered, it has been claimed.
An Israeli Police spokesman said the attacks caused no injuries or damage, with the rockets mostly landing in open fields in the south of the Jewish state.
A truce brokered between Israel and Hamas came into effect on Wednesday evening, bringing eight days of fighting to an end.
Both sides quickly claimed victory, with Hamas insisting it had defeated Israel.
The Israelis, meanwhile, said they have severely impaired the military capability of Hamas, which governs Gaza.
The ceasefire deal calls on Israel to "stop all hostilities ... in the land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals" and urges the Palestinian factions to end "rocket attacks and all attacks along the border".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he was prepared to give peace a chance.
"Netanyahu spoke with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give a chance to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and thereby give an opportunity for the stabilisation of the situation and a calming of it," said a statement.
Meanwhile, police are still investigating a bus bombing in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv that left at least 21 people wounded.
The explosion took place near the military headquarters hours before a ceasefire was announced and threatened to derail negotiations.
And a Palestinian woman in her late 30s has been arrested after trying to stab an Israeli border guard at the entrance of an east Jerusalem police station, police said.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the woman to attack the border guard, who suffered only scratches, according to a statement.
But the incident drew the attention of Palestinian youths in the neighbourhood, with about 100 people gathering around the station after the incident to show their support for the woman.
Police arrested three of them before dispersing the crowd.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was a "critical moment" for the region.
Gaza City's streets were dark and deserted in the minutes after the truce took effect at 7pm UK time.
Soon afterwards people poured out of their homes to hail the "victory".
Celebratory gunfire could be heard throughout the Gaza Strip and fireworks were released into the sky, where Israeli drones still buzzed overhead.
"The resistance has triumphed," some shouted.
After urging the two sides to uphold the accord, the 15-member UN Security Council also called in a statement for an international effort to get "emergency aid" into Gaza.
There had to be "expeditious and unimpeded delivery of such humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment," said the statement.
what do you think?
People in Palestine celebrating the ceasefire while Israeli's say they must erase Gaza. Oh how I feel for the poor oppressed people in Israel
Abid.Not celebrating the ceasefire but celebrating victory and the defeat of Israel. Correct me if I am wrong but if 140 palestinians dead plus the 6 "spies" hamas murderered is victory then defeat dosen't bear contemplating
Hang on haven't there been rockets fired at Israel. That is not a ceasefire is it
I dont know why the thumbs down.this isnt unlike northern island or berlin before the wall came down for palestinians.its a one sided campaign supported by the americans.its no wonder hamas resorts to terror tactics.palestines like one giant open prison.
Shaun speak the truth on here and they think you are Taliban shows the caliber of people on here
Shows ignorance ali.
It just shows, when the truth hits, it hurts. Long Live Palestine, Long Live Gaza. P.s. Did anyone hear that Areal Sharon's son said that Israel should nuke Gaza, like America did to the Japanese? The guys a bit loose in the head I think lol
Well it certainly helps if you know the history and can see past the propaganda.if you cant its ignorance diane
Shaun. Propaganda cuts both ways. It depends which you believe as to your viewpoint.
Off course dave.propanda has become a powerful weapon nowadays.
Happy thanksgiving to my taliban mate lol. Probley waiting for a new shipment from iran viva spetnaz
What a surprise, And Shaun I make my own mind up,Hamas are a terrorist group Israel have always been portrayed as the bad guys don't blame them for being like they are.pity we aren't more like it trust nobody
There must be some ignorant peaple on here because why the thumbs down when your stating facts.no ones saying you cant make up your own mind.
The thumbs down are the only way some can show they disagree because their posts are removed
Strange how those with different opinions are labelled ignorant or just plain wrong. Whatever happened to weighing the facts and trying to see situations from other poeples point of view.
How can you disagree with facts.diane.
Yes dave youve got to gather as many facts as you can and then you can form an opinion.but ive found on here that if you state a fact on this post they are automatically thumbed down for some reason.if i stated that its raining a lot today how can you disagree with statement.when its clearly raining.
Depends what side you believe
I dont believe in taking one particular side but remain objective and try to battle it out and find a way peace can be made in this region.
shaun - you certainly are not objective. you have chosen sides and still maintain your sitting on the fence. which is very cowardly
Some people never learn, that is so long as the israelis are being truthful
Said it before and i'll say it again. History cant be denied, If the arabs arent killing isrealis, theyre killing eachother. Open your eyes and dont belivee the hype