Despite the Hamas movement seeking a truce following this week’s cross-border clashes with Israel, projectiles were fired on Thursday from the Gaza Strip.Israeli news reports state that a total of seven projectiles were fired, all of which landed in open areas with no damage or injuries reported.
Furthermore, the Ma’an News Agency has reported the Israeli military fired on civilians near to Khan Younis, in the South of the Gaza Strip, according to local witnesses.
The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP, claimed responsibility for the bulk of the fire, with the armed wings of the the Popular Resistance Committees and the PFLP General Command also claiming responsibility for other instances.
The al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, have stated that they are willing to agree to an Egyptian brokered truce, as long as Israel also adhered to the agreement.
In related news, Israeli news outlet Yediot Aharonot reported via their website that Israel has made an official complaint to the United Nations Security Council over this week’s projectile fire.
After months of relative calm, tensions have boiled over into armed actions, following an attack by a lesser known group from the Gaza Strip, known as the Shura Council of Mujahideen in the Holy Land.
Following this attack, the Israeli Air Force proceeded to bombard the Gaza Strip, and numerous armed wings fired projectiles into Israel.
This fighting has resulted in the deaths of eight Palestinians and scores of injuries. Furthermore, four Israeli soldiers have been injured.