Middle East

Rocket siren sounds in Israeli border town

An interception by the Iron Dome anti-missile system is seen as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel before a 72-hour ceasefire was due to expire August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

BEIRUT: A rocket siren went off Thursday morning in the Israeli border town of Kerem Shalom, 10 hours into an extended cease-fire that was already tested with an exchange of fire shortly after midnight, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"Gaza rocket explodes in open area in Eshkol Regional Council; no injuries or damage reported," Haaretz said, citing a police report.

However, the Israeli army denied any rocket had been fired, saying the siren was a false alarm.

The new, five-day cease-fire was agreed upon by Israel and Hamas Wednesday night, minutes before the previous three-day truce was to expire. However, Israel said that Palestinian militants had fired rockets across the border around midnight and it launched several air raids in retaliation.

Hamas denied that any rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip overnight.

The Israeli raids ended by 3 a.m., and the truce has been holding since.





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