March 13th, 2012
05:54 AM ET

Limited violence along Israel-Gaza border after cease-fire

Palestinian militants lobbed more rockets and mortars into Israel early Tuesday even after the two sides agreed to a cease-fire mediated by Egypt.

While there seemed to be consensus that a cease-fire deal had been reached, each side appeared to have a different interpretation of what the agreement entailed.

Daoud Shehab, a leader with the Palestinian miliant group Islamic Jihad, said, a truce began at 1 a.m. local time, but was based on the condition that Israel wouldn't carry out targeted killings. Amos Gilad with the Israeli Defense Ministry said that was never a part of the deal.

The Israeli military said suspected militants fired three rockets and mortars into Israel early Tuesday.

"There is an understanding, at the moment the direction is toward calm and it appears, unless there are last minute developments, that this round is now behind us," Homeland Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Tuesday on Israeli radio.

The cease-fire agreement was reached with the help of Egyptian mediators, an Egyptian intelligence official said.


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  1. Scottish Mama

    What is the politically correct definition of a cease fire? Jeesh

    March 13, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. bl4ck0utsUn

    If not targeted killings, then just any old killings will do! LOL

    March 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Quite right. Maybe Israel should just start firing indiscriminately into Gaza, like the militants do to Israel.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    I guess to the palestinians, the cease fire means that Israel has to cease firing at them.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      It means that Israel will cease and the Palestinians will fire.

      March 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. catpaw

    Golda Mier once said as long as the Arabs hate Israel more than they love their own children, there will be no peace.

    Since then, Israel has co-existed with Eygpt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia without clashes and arbitrary murder, terrorism and retalitory strikes. The children of both sides seem to be better off for it.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. original nunya

    the answer is simple. isreal needs to stop bulldozing palestinians houses over while they are sleeping inside for 'settlements'and the palestinians wouldnt fire rockets at them in retaliation

    March 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Well, Israel STOPPED bulldozing Palestinian homes and actually fully withdrew from Gaza. In response Palestinians STARTED firing rockets into Israel.

      Moral: when FACTS and your beliefs contradict each other it's not the FACTS that should be adjusted.

      March 14, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. peter fiorillo

    Isreal like many countries work on many layers to avoid conflict with the palestinines as linguists, the real question is how deep are their roots in china?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |