JERUSALEM, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army said a rocket launched by Gaza militants hit the southern city of Asheklon on Thursday, minutes after the temporary five-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas expired.
Shortly after that, a second rocket hit an empty field in the southern city of Be'er Sheva, while another rocket that targeted Israel fell short in the Palestinian Authority territory, a military spokesperson said.
Palestinian media reported that about an hour before the truce expired, Israeli forces fired artillery into the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip.
Efforts to achieve a cease-fire agreement have continued amid the resumed fire. However, an Israeli official denied reports by international media outlets that Israel and Hamas reached a cease fire agreement that would be implemented starting from Friday.
As the Israeli campaign entered its 10th day, the death toll in Gaza reached 227, 179 of whom were civilians, including 45 children and 32 women, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights. In Israel, one civilian was killed by rocket shrapnel near the Gaza border, while several others were wounded.