Rocket fired from Gaza on Israeli house

JERUSALEM (AA) – A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday fell on an Israeli woman’s house at the southern Sderot town, the Israeli police said on Friday.

The rocket caused damage to the house but no casualties were reported, the Israeli police said on Twitter.

Earlier on Friday, rocket sirens went off in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon for the second time on Friday following the expiry of a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian factions.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that sirens also wailed in Eshkol Regional Council, Negev, Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and Sderot.

Violence flared again on Friday following the end of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based factions as indirect talks mediated by Cairo are yet to yield any agreement on a long-term truce.

At least 1894 Palestinians have been killed and more than 9817 injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel also confirmed that 64 soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians by rocket fire during the same period.

The violence came to a halt earlier this week under the three-day pause, but re-erupted after the two sides failed – during indirect talks in Cairo – to agree on extending the truce.

Palestinian factions have linked the extension of the ceasefire to Israel’s approval of their demands, including lifting a years-long blockade on the Gaza Strip and the creation of a seaport.

The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006, badly affecting the livelihood in the seaside enclave.


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