Fire from Gaza renews as mortars land in Eshkol region

No injuries or damage reported

Five mortar bombs landed Sunday in the Eshkol Regional Council, ending several hours of rare calm in the south. One of the bombs fell near a community dining room and another other two in an open area. No damage and injuries were reported.

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The mortar fire marked the end of  a several-hour lull in the shooting of rockets from Gaza into Israel last week in retaliation for Israeli air strikes on terror targets in the Strip.

On Saturday, Gaza-based terrorists fired some 25 rockets into southern Israel, causing damage to a school and factory in Sderot. The latest attacks bring the total number of rockets and other projectiles fired from the Strip to over 150 over the past seven days.

Two mortars hit open areas overnight, with no damage or injuries reported.

Sunday saw life return closer to normal for residents in the south as schools reopened amid an Egypt-brokered truce.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hit back at Gaza for any infraction of the truce.

“The IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south,” Netanyahu said at the start of the Cabinet meeting Sunday morning.

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