Three mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel two hours into the five-hour humanitarian cease-fire, the Israeli military said Thursday. The rockets landed in the Eshkol area and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Earlier, Israel's military said it would respond "firmly and decisively" if militants in Gaza launched attacks during the five-hour break.
A break for five hours in 10 days of fighting was requested by the United Nations to allow Gaza residents to gather supplies and repair infrastructure damaged in warfare that has killed at least 224 Palestinians. It began at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET). There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza for the mortar fire.
- Lawahez Jabari and Alastair Jamieson
First published July 17 2014, 2:39 AM