Gaza Skirmishes Defy Ceasefire

Militants fire rockets; Israel responds with air strike
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2009 7:08 AM CST
Israeli soldiers rest next to a barrier wall after leaving the Gaza Strip as Israel declared a ceasefire.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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(Newser) – Skirmishes have continued in Israel and Gaza after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire yesterday, the New York Times reports. Militants fired rockets at an Israeli border town, and Israel responded with an air strike. In Gaza, a lone gunman faced off against Israeli troops. Hamas has said it will fight until Israel pulls out of Gaza; Israel has said it will respond to Hamas attacks.

“We will not accept the presence of a single soldier in Gaza,” said a Hamas statement. Israeli officials are expecting a flurry of Hamas rocket launches as leaders attempt to prove they're not defeated. Some Israeli forces have left Gaza, but others remain behind.