Jihad Rockets Hit Israel After Raid

Moratorium collapses
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 7:44 AM CDT
Palestinians gather next to the partially destroyed family house of Islamic Jihad militant Saleh Karkur, in the West Bank village of Saida, Wednesday, March, 12, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A week-long moratorium on rocket attacks in Israel exploded today when the militant group Islamic Jihad fired two rockets into the town of Sderot on the Gaza border. Nobody was injured in the attack. The radical Palestinian group claims its rocket launch was in retaliation for a raid by the Israelis in the West Bank yesterday, which claimed four lives, reports Haaretz.

The Israeli raid killed one of the most wanted terrorist suspects of Islamic Jihad, who was in Bethlehem in the Fatah-controlled West Bank. The head of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said in a speech yesterday that the moratorium Egypt brokered last week was conditional on an end to Israeli raids in the West Bank—something Jerusalem completely rejects.