A salvo of rockets was launched from Gaza on southern and central Israel in the lead up to a new 72-hour ceasefire. Hamas’ military wing claimed responsibility for firing a rocket on Tel Aviv minutes before the ceasefire came into effect.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod at 10 pm, two hours before the start of an Egyptian-brokered temporary truce. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets fired on the southern city.
Throughout the day rockets were launched on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Six hit the Eshkol Regional Council in the early hours, while two others slammed into Sderot, starting a small fire. Two more rockets were intercepted around the city.
Political officials confirmed to night that Israel agreed to renew the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
The officials said that – as per Israeli’s demands – a delegation will arrive in Cairo if there if a temporary truce holds on the ground.
Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say they have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new, three-day cease-fire with Israel, the Associated Press and Al Araibya reported.
The comments came after Israel said on Sunday it was prepared for protracted military action in Gaza and would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinians kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire.