Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rocket fired by Gaza militants rattles three-month cease-fire
JERUSALEM — Gaza militants today fired a rocket into Israel for the first time in three months, rattling a cross-border truce that has held since Israel’s military offensive against the Hamas-run territory.
Israel closed Gaza’s main cargo crossing until further notice, an apparent warning to Gaza’s Hamas rulers to clamp down on rocket squads.
“Quiet will be met with quiet, missiles will be met with a response,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres, saying both sides “have a deep interest in lowering the flames.”
Militants claiming affiliation with the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, movement took responsibility.