Ceasefire Off To Shaky Start As Sirens Wail In Southern Israel


A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based terrorist groups that went into effect early Thursday morning was immediately put to the test as five rockets from Gaza sent Israelis scrambling for shelter in the south.

The ceasefire comes after two days of intense rocket-fire from Gaza and retaliatory Israeli air strikes, and was reportedly brokered by Egypt. It went into effect at 5:30 a.m., shortly after an Israeli strike killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) rocket unit commander Rasmi Abu Malhous and five of his family members in a house in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

According to PIJ spokesman Musab al-Berim, the terrorist organization provided Israel with a list of demands for the ceasefire, laid out by Damascus-based PIJ Secretary General Ziad Nakhala late Wednesday. Included in the list were demands for a complete halt to Israeli air strikes and targeting of PIJ leadership, according to the spokesman.

However, less than an hour after the truce went into effect at least five alert sirens sounded in Gaza-area communities, sending Israelis running for cover.

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system is reported to have intercepted several of the incoming projectiles. No casualties were reported.

On Wednesday evening, the IDF Home Front Command reopened all schools except in those regions closest to Gaza, and instructed central Negev and Lachish region residents to return to work as long as they had easy access to bomb shelters.




  1. When they need to replenish their rockets, they make a ceasefire and weak Israel is more than happy to accept it. As soon as their stock is full again, deadly rockets begin again.
    THIS IS ALREADY WITH THE NEW DEFENSE MINISTER, BENNETT. Probably the High Court running the country did not give him permission to retaliate.

    • If the Israeli leaders have no yiras Shamayim, Heavenly fear, how do they expect to get siyatta d’Shmaya? Precisely the reason that President Trump who has Heavenly fear has siyattta d’Shamaya. May Hashem continue His benevolence towards him and shower him with Heavenly assistance, hatzlachah and protection for him and his family.

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