JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Three rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday noon and exploded in southern Israel, breaching a 24-hour temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed in a statement.
"Three rockets launched from Gaza struck southern Israel, in open areas surrounding Be'er Sheva," the IDF Spokesperson Unit said in a statement.
Israel and Hamas agreed on Monday night to extend the previous 120-hour cease-fire, in the hopes of reaching an initial, limited agreement to end the offensive, which started on July 8, permanently, amid indirect negotiations held in Cairo.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, warned on Monday that Israel is ready to strike aggressively in Gaza in response to renewed rocket fire.
UN to take charge of any weapons cache found in UN schools in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) --- The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is taking over disposal of weaponry discovered in UN schools in the Gaza Strip, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said here Monday.
During the latest round of violence in the Middle East, half a dozen UN sites sheltering people in Gaza were hit by Israeli rockets or shelling, violating UN neutrality. The schools are operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Full story
Israeli offensive costs Gaza billions: Palestinian official
GAZA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Israel's nearly two-month-long military campaign against the Gaza Strip has cost the coastal enclave an estimated six to eight billion U.S. dollars, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday.
After more than 40 days of an Israeli war and blockade, "the territory is now a devastated area that needs unified efforts in order to reconstruct it," Mufeed al-Hasayna, minister of housing and public works in the Palestinian unity government, said at a workshop held in Gaza City. Full story