Israel ready to counter Gaza truce violations: Spokesman
JERUSALEMAug 14, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Aug 14, 2014 12:00 am
An Israeli army spokesman said Thursday that Israel is ready to counter any violation of a temporary ceasefire with Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.
"After 8 rockets launched at Israel, we are waking up to an extended ceasefire," Peter Lerner wrote on his official Twitter account.
"IDF [army] will be prepared for further Hamas aggression," he said.
Palestinian factions and Israel have agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for five days as of midnight Wednesday.
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators held two rounds of indirect talks in Egypt with a view to hammering out a permanent ceasefire arrangement.
Palestinian factions have linked any permanent ceasefire deal to concessions by Israel, including the lifting of a years-long blockade on the Gaza Strip and allowing the establishment of a seaport, among others.
At least 1951 Palestinians-mostly civilians-have been killed and more than 10,000 injured in Israeli attacks since July 7.
Within the same period, at least 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters inside Gaza, while three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.