No ceasefire in southern Israel

Monday, August 22, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Despite reports of a mutual ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, rocket attacks on southern Israel resumed Monday morning.

Hamas on Sunday offered to stop the missile barrage on southern Israel if Israeli forces ceased their aerial bombardment of terrorist installations in Gaza. Israeli officials agreed that if the rocket attacks ended, so would the reprisals.

For most of Sunday night, the region was quiet. But during that time, Gaza-based terror groups allied with Hamas said they did not see themselves as obligated by the ceasefire.

Sure enough, the attacks resumed during the predawn hours on Monday when 16 rockets hit communities across southern Israel.

Israeli officials continue to debate how to respond to this new escalation, which saw more than 100 missiles hit Israeli cities over the weekend.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel lacks the international backing needed to launch a large-scale ground incursion into Gaza, which is the only way to effectively set back the terrorists' ability to threaten Israel.

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