Sirens blared in southern Israel as its aerial defense system shot down rocketfire from Gaza one hour before truce set to end.
Fighting resumed between Israel and Hamas early Friday morning, ending the week-long truce as no immediate sign of a deal to extend the ceasefire for an eighth day was reached.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it had resumed combat operations against the Hamas terror group, accusing it of breaching the ceasefire.
“Hamas violated the operational pause and, in addition, fired toward Israeli territory,” the Israeli military said Friday. “The IDF has resumed combat against the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.”
Sirens blared in southern Israel about an hour before the ceasefire was due to end, with the IDF reporting that its aerial defense system “successfully intercepted a launch from Gaza.”
A second round of rocket fire was reported a few minutes before the end of the ceasefire, according to the IDF.
“The Hamas–ISIS terrorist organization has violated the outline. It has not met its obligation to release all of the women hostages today and has launched rockets at Israeli citizens,” read a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.
“Upon the resumption of fighting,