Officials: Hamas Seeks to 'Calm Situation'

Hamas has sent 'calming' messages to Israel after Monday's rocket fire, IDF officials said.

Yaakov Levi ,

Kassam rocket attack (archive)
Kassam rocket attack (archive)
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IDF sources said Monday that, despite the increased rocket fire from Gaza, Hamas was not interested in aggravating the situation, and would take steps to keep Islamist groups behind Monday's rocket fire, including Islamic Jihad, in check. The sources said that Hamas had sent several messages to that effect Monday.

Palestinian Arab terrorists in Gaza fired a salvo of seven rockets into southern Israel on Monday, one of which narrowly missed a synagogue packed with worshippers in the city of Sderot.

Two of the rockets landed in Sderot, which lies on the border with the Hamas-controlled territory, as hundreds of worshippers were gathered for the final day of the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover).

Miraculously, however, no one was hurt, although police said in a statement that a road in a residential neighborhood was damaged.

IDF officials responded by striking back at several terror sites in Gaza, in an effort to stop the rocket fire which officials said was “clearly aimed at ruining the holiday atmosphere on the last day of Passover and the post-holiday Mimouna celebration” which takes place Monday night. Israel also closed the Kerem Shalom crossing.

IDF officials said that Hamas was responsible for all rocket fire coming from Gaza.