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Witnesses: Gaza rockets hit Israeli settlement near Ramallah

Aug. 20, 2014 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 10:16 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Four rockets fired from Gaza late Tuesday hit an illegal Israeli settlement west of Ramallah, causing a fire, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said a rocket landed in the settlement of Modiin Illit, and that Israeli ambulances and firetrucks rushed to the area.

They said they saw clouds of smoke rising from the settlement, and added that rocket warning sirens could be heard from several Israeli settlements in the Ramallah area.

An Israeli police spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment.

A temporary ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza collapsed hours before it was to expire on Tuesday when Israel said rockets from the Strip landed near Beersheba.

Israeli forces responded with airstrikes, and delegations from both sides left Cairo, where they had met for indirect negotiations to reach a long-term truce.

At least ten Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza since the ceasefire collapsed.

The Israeli army said in a statement that over 80 rockets had been fired from the Strip in the same period. There were no reports of injuries.

It added that it had struck "60 terror sites" across Gaza in response to rocket fire.

During ceasefire talks, Palestinians have insisted that any long-term truce include the end of Israel's eight-year siege on the Gaza Strip, the release of dozens of prisoners rearrested by Israel after being released in 2011, the re-opening of a seaport and airport in Gaza, and the creation of a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Members of the Palestinian delegation had warned Tuesday that if Israel continued to "refuse" to make concessions, the ceasefire could collapse.
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