JERUSALEM — Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday afternoon, breaking the temporary 24-hour ceasefire more than six hours before it was set to expire, according to IDF spokesman Peter Lerner.
The rockets landed in open areas outside of the city of Beersheba. There are no reports of injuries at this time.
— Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) August 19, 2014
According to Ha’aretz reporter Barak Ravid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the IDF to retaliate in response to the renewed attacks.
BREAKING: Israeli officials: After Hamas violated the ceasefire PM Netanyahu ordered IDF to attack terror targets in Gaza
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 19, 2014
“Today’s rocket attack on Be’er Sheva is a grave and direct violation of the ceasefire to which Hamas committed itself,” Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev tweeted. “This is the eleventh ceasefire that Hamas has either rejected or violated.”
The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams were in Cairo on Tuesday to work on finalizing a long-term ceasefire outline. There is no immediate comment from either side on how the ceasefire violation will affect negotiations.