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Hamas’ Definition of Ceasefire – Two Mortar Shell Attacks

Hamas continued to uphold its version of a new “ceasefire” by firing two mortar shells at a Gaza Belt community Wednesday.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/24/2011, 8:14 AM

Aftermath of mortar attack (archive)
Aftermath of mortar attack (archive)
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Hamas continued to uphold its version of a new “ceasefire” Wednesday morning by firing two mortar shells at a Gaza Belt community.

One of the mortars exploded inside the Jewish town, but no injuries or damage was reported. The second shell hit an open area.

The IDF spotted and targeted the terrorists who launched the mortars almost immediately. “Hits were confirmed,” IDF spokesmen said, and one of the terrorists was killed. The mortar attacks were launched from two separate locations in northern Gaza.

If Wednesday morning's attacks were carried out against Hamas’ orders, they show the inability of Hamas to control Gaza. On the other hand, if Hamas coordinated the firing of the mortar shells, the international community may not be able to continue to turn a blind eye. Israel filed a formal complaint Tuesday to the United Nations following continued rocket attacks from Gaza.

This week’s announcement by Hamas of a “ceasefire” was in line with numerous statements in the past of a cessation of hostilities, only to be followed by what usually are short-range Kassam rocket and mortar shell attacks.

The firing at Israeli communities often is carried out by other terrorist groups, some of them rivals of Hamas and others working in coordination with the terrorist organization.

One example is the Salahuddin Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) that announced a “temporary” halt to firing rocket fire. The PRC ostensibly is independent of Hamas but is funded and supported by it, according to the IDF.

Abu Ataya, spokesman for the PRC, said Tuesday that the “temporary” halt did not mean a ceasefire and that “resistance” would continue.