Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Thursday, the sixth to be launched since Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Gaza's Hamas rulers two weeks ago. Several mortar shells have also been fired at Israeli communities during that time.
Israeli officials told Reuters that the border crossings between sovereign Israel and Gaza would be closed on Friday in response to the latest attack.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues to fail to honor its pledge prior to entering into the agreement to launch a long overdue military incursion of Gaza if the terrorists violated the ceasefire.
The endangered residents of southern Israel fear the government will not give a green light for the kind of military operation army leaders say is necessary until one of the Palestinian rockets actually succeeds in killing Israelis.