70 ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL FROM GAZA ON WEDNESDAY: 120+ fired at Israel since Monday; schools closed

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UPDATE: Tense quiet in South as ceasefire seems to hold (Jerusalem Post, Thursday afternoon)

ORIGINAL POST: “Five rockets hit southern Israel early Thursday morning, hours after Hamas announced it would be willing to cease its fire on Israel,” reports the Times of Israel. “There were no reports of injuries or damage after the Kassam rockets slammed into the Eshkol region. A number or rockets hit open areas near the Gaza Strip later in the day, with no reports of injuries or damage. The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas’s military wing, announced on Wednesday evening that it is prepared to cooperate with Egyptian efforts to end the current round of rocket fire into Israel provided that Israel also cease its air strikes on Gaza. The announcement came after three days of attacks and counter-attacks between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Since Monday, over 120 missiles have been fired into Israel, including more than 70 fired on Wednesday alone. One rocket was shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system near Netivot….Also Thursday morning, Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin announced classes in the seaside city would be canceled after two rockets were fired on the city Wednesday night. One rocket was shot down by Iron Dome and the second landed in an open area near the city. On Wednesday evening, Israeli Air Force jets bombed terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip following an unremitting rocket and mortar barrage on southern Israeli towns throughout the day.”

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