Gaza Militants Fire Rocket at Israeli Town, Despite Truce

Mid-range projectile hits residential area of Negev town of Netivot, one person lightliy wounded; earlier in the day the IDF announced that school would resume in southern schools in rocket range

Gaza militants fired a Grad-type Katyusha rocket toward the western Negev on Tuesday, despite a Egypt-mediated cease fire between Israel and militant groups that went into effect earlier in the day.

The rocket struck a residential area if the town of Netivot, with one person lightly wounded. Eleven people were treated for shock.

Grad rocket in Netivot - Eliyahu Hershkovitz - March 13, 2012.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Despite a ceasefire agreement reached late Monday night, the Kayusha attack on Netivot wasn't the only launch on Tuesday, with seven rockets and five mortar shells fired toward southern Israel. They exploded in open areas and there were no reported casualties.

All in all, nearly 200 rockets have exploded in Israeli territory since the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza broke out on Friday and until the Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants agreed to cease fire.

Responding to rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out 37 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, 19 strikes targeted rocket-launchers and 18 targeted weapons warehouses in response to rocket attacks.

Twenty-six Palestinians were killed as a result of IAF strikes on Gaza. Out of these 22 were militants and 4 were civilians who were in the area of IAF strikes, but were not involved in the rocket fire.

Earlier Tuesday, IDF officials announced that, following the ceasefire, 207,000 schoolchildren in communities 7-40 kilometers from Gaza would be returning to their studies on Wednesday, for the first time since the beginning of the week.