Israel resumes Gaza offensive after Hamas rockets
Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
The IDF announced it would be resuming attacks on terror targets in the Gaza Strip through the air, sea and on the ground.
In light of the decision, the IDF called on civilians in Gaza to avoid areas where fighting was taking place.
Prior to the renouncement, rocket sirens wailed in southern and central Israel on Sunday morning as Israel' Gaza operation entered its twentieth day.
Rocket alert air raid sirens were sounded for the Shfela and Sharon regions on Sunday morning around 8:25 a.m.
The IDF confirmed that seven rockets were fired in total from Gaza on Sunday morning and of these seven, five hit areas of southern Israel. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted two rockets, the IDF said.
One rocket landed in an open area in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
In addition, the police reported a barrage of rocket fire on villages in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council late Satrurday night and early Sunday morning.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Ashdod and Ashkelon regions Sunday morning around 8:10 a.m. Interceptions were heard over the cities.
The security cabinet on Saturday night had decided to accede to a UN request and agree to a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian cease-fire until midnight Sunday.
Diplomatic officials said Saturday that despite the cease-fire, the IDF would act against any violation of the truce by the other side. In addition, during the lull in the fighting, the IDF "will continue to neutralize the terror tunnels inside Gaza. Four terror tunnels were neutralized in Gaza on Saturday, despite the cease fire that was in place from 8:00 a.m."
The security cabinet will meet again on Sunday.