White House Condemns Renewed Rocket Fire

Israel agreed to extend negotiations for a permanent ceasefire but Hamas refused, notes White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Elad Benari, Canada,

Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House condemned on Friday the renewed rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel, and urged both sides to resume talks and do what they can to protect civilians.

"The United States is very concerned about today's developments in Gaza," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, according to Reuters.

"We condemn the renewed rocket fire and we are concerned about the safety and security of civilians on both sides of that conflict," he added.

Earnest noted that Israel agreed to extend negotiations for a permanent ceasefire, but Hamas refused unless Israel meets all its demands.

He further declared that Hamas's decision will put civilians at risk and will do nothing to advance the interests of the Palestinian Arab people.

Heavy rocket fire from Gaza resumed on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. sharp, when a 72-hour ceasefire ended. Two rockets were also fired towards southern Israel at around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning.

On Friday afternoon , a rocket from Gaza directly hit a house in the city of Sderot.

Miraculously no injuries were caused as the residents were out at the time, but significant damage was caused to the property itself, and police were called to deal with shrapnel from the rocket.

On Friday evening, Hamas terrorists fired five rockets towards the south, all of which were either intercepted by the Iron Dome or exploded in open regions.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon authorized the IDF to retaliate with force to the rocket barrage.

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