Hamas mulls extending truce, fires more rockets

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired at least six rockets at southern Israel on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the territory's Hamas rulers announced an informal ceasefire and suggested they may be open to another official truce with Israel.

Hamas temporarily halted its renewed bombardment of southern Israel on Monday after Egypt warned the terror group that Israel was about to resume targeted killings of its leadership. The hiatus was also linked to a transfer of financial aid from Egypt to Hamas.

On Tuesday morning Gaza-based Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar said his group would hold a "situation assessment" and decide whether or not to extend the truce originally agreed to via Egyptian mediators last June.

But another Hamas spokesman cited by Israel Radio got straight to the point, and announced that the terrorists had every intention of resuming the rocket fire as soon as the promised Egyptian aid arrived later in the day.

Meanwhile, Israel's Home Front Command on Tuesday launched a massive drill simulating devastating rocket attacks on towns across southern Israel now believed to be in range of advanced weapons Hamas has brought into Gaza over the past six months.

With those new weapons, Hamas and its allied terror groups are now able to threaten some 800,000 Israelis.

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