Rockets Hit Israel, Olmert Ends Ceasefire

Islamic Jihad militants call Gaza Strip attack revenge for raid
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2008 9:48 AM CDT
Rockets Hit Israel, Olmert Ends Ceasefire
Palestinians wait to fill canisters with cooking gas at a gas station in Gaza City, Monday, June 23, 2008. The restrictions at most crossings in the Gaza Strip were partially lifted Sunday as part of a cease-fire with Hamas and they were reopened on Monday.    (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

(Newser) – Police say three Palestinian rockets have hit southern Israel and Ehud Olmert's office says the ceasefire that took effect last week has been broken. Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip say they carried out the attack to avenge an Israeli military raid that killed one of their fighters in the West Bank early today; two people were lightly wounded in the rocket barrage.

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The West Bank is not formally part of the truce, but Islamic Jihad says it "cannot keep its hands tied" when its "brothers" in the West Bank are being targeted. However, the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas group says it remains committed to the truce. (Read more Israel stories.)

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