Gaza Militants Fire 12 Rockets at Israel, Despite Hamas Declaration of Cease-fire

Netanyahu calls special security cabinet meeting to discuss IDF response to rocket fire, Hamas implementation of truce; Israel to try to refrain from escalating situation in the south.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip continued to fire rockets at southern Israel overnight Sunday and into Monday morning, despite the Hamas rulers' declaration of a cease-fire the prior evening.

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The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of rockets fired toward Ashkelon. A Qassam rocket and volley of mortar shells were fired toward the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza border; one of the one mortars struck a building and caued minor damage. No one was hurt in the rocket fire overnight Sunday.

A total of 12 rockets were fired toward Israel after Hamas' declared cease-fire went into effect at 9 P.M. on Sunday evening.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a special meeting of Israel's security cabinet until 3 A.M. on Sunday to discuss the situation in Gaza. During the hour-long session, the ministers discussed the possibilities of an Israeli response to the rocket fire from Gaza, as well as Hamas' declaration of a cease-fire.

Despite the continued rocket fire, it seems that the Israel Defense Forces will refrain from escalating the situation in the south, and Israel will continue examining Hamas' implementation of the cease-fire.