Mortars fired at Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Gaza militants fired six shells toward Israel.  

The Wednesday rocket fire came after Hamas and three other Palestinian factions in Gaza agreed to stop firing Kassam rockets into Israel.

Reports on the announcement, which Israeli newspapers carried on Tuesday, cited Palestinian sources as saying that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine had agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel, following a meeting Saturday of the four factions.

The agreement comes in the wake of stepped-up Israeli military actions in Gaza following rocket attacks.

Palestinian factions connected to Al-Qaida were not included in the agreement. Most of the 20 rockets fired at Israel in the last month were sent by these breakaway groups, according to reports.

"The government in Gaza is in charge of the situation, and it does know clearly who launches rockets," Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told the BBC last Friday. "It is working hard to deter any faction from acting individually."

The mortar shells fired Wednesday from Gaza did not make it out of Palestinian territory.

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