Hamas Arrests 5 Palestinians Over Rocket Fire at Israel

Israeli defense sources say Hamas told Egypt it is committed to cease-fire, not responsible rocket attack.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. He shares a dream with Israel's messianic right.Credit: AP

Hamas security forces in Gaza have arrested five Palestinians suspected of involvement in rocket fire toward Israel on Friday.

Following the rocket attack, which caused no injuries or damage, Israel closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings into Gaza until further notice, defense establishment officials said.

"The crossing points for people and goods, Erez and Kerem Shalom, have been closed until further notice except for humanitarian aid," an army spokeswoman said, according to AFP.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon warned Hamas, via Egypt, that Israel would respond harshly to any additional projectile fire.

Israeli defense sources told Haaretz that Hamas told Egyptian intelligence officials it was not behind Friday's rocket fire, and that it is committed to the cease-fire achieved with Israel in August.

Hamas is questioning the five detained Palestinians. As yet, it is unclear which Palestinian militant group they belong to.

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