Gaza Militants Resume Rocket Fire Toward Israel Following Short Truce

Strike comes following IDF attack targeting squad about to launch projectile; Militants in Gaza fire dozens of rockets at Israel in recent days.

Gaza militants renewed rocket fire toward Israel on Sunday, in a day that saw both the announcement of an Egyptian-mediated cease fire between Israel and Islamic Jihad and an Israel Defense Forces strike of a suspected rocket-launcher squad.

Three rockets were launched by Gaza militants, apparently targeting Hof Ashkelon regional council, ultimately landing in an open field, with no reports of either damages or injuries.

Ashdod rocket - Hershkowitz - October 29, 2011
Eliyahu Hershkowitz

Earlier Sunday, the Israel Air Force on Sunday attacked a militant cell in the Gaza Strip apparently poised to launch rockets at Israel, just hours after the Islamic Jihad announced that it had accepted an Egyptian-mediated truce to end a weekend of deadly violence.

One militant from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine was killed and another was wounded in the attack, according to a member of the group. Nine other Palestinian gunmen and an Israeli civilian have been killed since the violence began last week.

Militants in Gaza have fired dozens of rockets at Israel in recent days, 20 of them on Saturday and another 11 overnight on Sunday.

Three of the rockets fired early Sunday struck near Ashdod after the truce was supposed to go into effect. Two of those rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile shield and another struck the south, causing no casualties or damage.