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Gaza militants renew rocket fire despite truce

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip launched rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Monday, despite an unofficial truce meant to defuse escalating exchanges of rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes.

Around midday, a group that had held out from joining the cease-fire announced it would comply. Even so, Palestinians launched two rockets into Israel a few hours later, the military said. They caused no injuries.

The latest round of violence began with a deadly attack on Israelis near the Egypt-Israel border Thursday. That touched off Israeli airstrikes and heavy Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza on Saturday night, killing an Israeli. About 15 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes.

Militants in Gaza agreed to the truce to end three days of clashes between Israel and Gaza militants, a Hamas official told the Associated Press. Hamas security personnel would enforce the Egypt-brokered agreement, he said.

Egypt: A 35-year-old engineer doused himself with gasoline Monday and tried to set himself ablaze in front of the Egyptian Cabinet's Cairo headquarters to back a demand for greater rights for the nation's disabled.

Gaza militants renew rocket fire despite truce 08/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:11am]
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