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Palestinian groups shell Israeli areas near Gaza despite news of ceasefire

April 30, 2008 4:41 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2008 4:41 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian military groups continued to launch homemade projectiles and mortar shells into Israel from the Gaza Strip despite news that the factions had agreed during talks in Egypt on a ceasefire.

The military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, and the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, said that their fighters fired barrages of projectiles and mortars at the Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon in the western Negev.

It appears that Palestinian factions are awaiting for the official announcement of a ceasefire before holding their fire.

Meanwhile, Israeli sources reported that 12 homemade projectiles and 3 mortar shells landed in Negev towns. One homemade projectile landed near a school in Sderot and another landed in the hills outside the town, causing a fire.

The Israelis also announced that Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Israeli troops near the Erez crossing point and at Israeli workers at the Netiv Ha'asara Kibbutz.

The An-Nasser Brigades also claimed responsibility for launching three homemade projectiles at the Israeli military base at Zekim.

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