Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip again violated an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Friday by firing two mortar shells at communities in the battered western Negev region.
The truce has been broken on two other occasions this week, the most severe of which took place on Tuesday when four rockets fired from Gaza slammed into the town of Sderot, one of them severely damaging a home and wounding two Israeli women.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has demanded a military response to the violations, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been conspicuously silent. Earlier this week, reports indicated that Olmert and Barak had agreed not to declare the truce null and void unless the offending Palestinian party was Hamas, which rules Gaza. This week's attacks have all been perpetrated by other Palestinian groups.
Meanwhile, Israel on Friday continued to implement its truce obligations despite the Palestinian attacks, pumping some 600,000 liters of industrial fuel into Gaza for use in the area's only power station. Israeli power stations also continue to supply Gaza with over 70% of its electricity needs.