Despite the firing of a missile, the cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza factions is holding

The Israeli army launched strikes on two Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip in response to Sunday’s rocket fire

Published in: May 14, 2023: 10:17 PM GST
Last updated: May 14, 2023: 10:36 PM GST

A fragile ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian terror groups in Gaza held on Sunday, after a five-day clash that left 33 Palestinians dead and two people in Israel.

In an early test of the truce, Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel Sunday afternoon. Palestinian media said the launch was caused by a technical error, as gunmen were trying to disable the missile.

The Israeli military said the missile landed in an open area in southern Israel. The Israeli army also announced that it had launched strikes on two Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire at Israeli territory.

The Israeli army said in a statement: “In response to a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip, IDF tanks recently bombed two military sites belonging to Hamas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.”

The latest round of fighting in Gaza erupted on Tuesday when Israeli planes killed three senior Islamic Jihad leaders in response to earlier rocket fire from Gaza.

Those killings unleashed a barrage of factional fire and the conflagration threatened to drag the region into another all-out war until Egypt brokered a cease-fire.

While the quiet has brought relief to the two million residents of Gaza and the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who have been trapped in shelters over the past days, the agreement has done little to resolve the core issues that have fueled several rounds of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis in Gaza over the years.