Thursday, December 14, 2006

Palestinians Fire Rocket Into Israel, Violating Cease-Fire

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel at dawn Thursday, the Israeli military said, a violation of a two-and-a-half week cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. The rocket landed in Nir Am, a kibbutz near the Gaza border, causing no casualties, the army said. No Palestinian group immediately took responsibility.Since a cease-fire took hold in the chaotic coastal territory on November 26, Palestinian militants have fired more than 20 rockets at Israel, according to the army's count, causing no casualties. The cease-fire has also been marred by a string of incidents in which soldiers have shot Palestinians approaching the heavily guarded Gaza-Israel border. On Wednesday, troops killed a 22-year-old Fatah militant along the border fence. The incidents have not derailed the truce.