(AFP) – Jan 18, 2009
JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli military carried out an air strike against a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday in the first such incident following a unilateral truce, the army said.
"We carried out a strike against a rocket launching squad in Beit Hanun," a spokesman told AFP. "It was the same squad that launched (rockets) into Sderot this morning."
Earlier Gaza militants fired a handful of rockets into Israel, with at least four of them landing inside the Jewish state without causing any injuries, the army said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that Israel's unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was fragile and was being reassessed on a minute by minute basis.
"The government's decision allows Israel to respond and renew the fire if our enemy in the Gaza Strip continues its strikes," he said.
"This morning they again proved that the ceasefire is fragile and it has to be reassessed on a minute by minute basis," Olmert said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
"We hope that the fire ends. If it continues, the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) will respond. It is prepared and deployed to do so."
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