A total of 18 Palestinians were killed by Israeli strikes on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip and five Israeli soldiers lightly wounded before the entry into force of a cease-fire at 1900 GMT, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
Meanwhile the Israeli army said that 122 rockets were fired Wednesday from Gaza into Israel. According to the police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, five rockets landed in Beersheba (southern) causing no injuries, in the early evening. The armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claimed to have fired 10 Grad rockets on Beersheba at 18:15 GMT and two others on Ashdod, in the south, just before the entry into force of the ceasefire fire.
The cease-fire announced by Egypt, is supposed to put an end to a week of military confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian movement of Hamas, which has killed 155 Palestinians and five Israelis, including a soldier.