AMN previously reported that Hamas had rejected Israel’s 4 hour extension. However, in a startling development, a move by Israel extends its cease-fire 24 hours.
Hamas continued rocket fire while rejecting Israel’s offers of a humanitarian cease-fire. The Israeli Cabinet unilaterally extended the lull in fighting until midnight local time (1700 EDT) Sunday. IDF have said they will continue to destroy missile sites and any tunnels used by Hamas.
Israel extends its cease fire 24 hours, despite Hamas rockets
The Israeli cabinet approved a 24-hour extension of its cease-fire Saturday but said it would respond to any future rocket fire from Gaza after Hamas rejected an earlier proposed four-hour extension and fired rockets into Israel. The announcement came after Hamas confirmed that it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting an earlier offer from Israel to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting. The terror group said two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel’s second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat, a spokesman said. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group rejected Israel’s proposal to extend an original 12-hour lull by four hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday. Meanwhile, the Israeli military warned residents of areas where there had been heavy fighting against returning there. Israel has set its own terms for the lull, saying it would continue demolishing Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border. The initial lull agreed to by Israel and Hamas had begun at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Saturday.
This is, quite frankly, a puzzling development. As Hamas continues to fire at Israel, Israel attempts to make peace. The exact reason for this extension are not known. But it does go to show that Israel would prefer to avoid more bloodshed. All we can do is wait and see what happens during the next 24 hours. Hamas’ actions over the next 24 hours could very well determine its fate.
ROCKET COUNT: Hamas has fired more than 2,450 rockets at Israel since Operation Protective Edge began. pic.twitter.com/RQm4l6NIL5
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 26, 2014
UPDATE: Israel Extends Its Cease Fire for 24 Hours, Despite Hamas Rockets