Ceasefire between Israel, Islamic Jihad appears to take hold after a quiet night
The Islamic Jihad terror group fired more than 100 rockets towards southern Israel since Sunday. In response, Israel targeted Islamic Jihad terror targets in both Syria and Gaza, eliminating three Muslim terrorists.
Most of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No casualties were reported from direct impacts.
Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon reported that 21 people have been treated as a result of the attacks, 15 in moderate condition after falling while running to bomb shelters and 5 anxiety victims.
Southern Israel fell quiet early on Tuesday after a Muslim terrorist said Israel and Islamic Jihad had reached a “reciprocal and simultaneous ceasefire” mediated by Egypt and the United Nations.
“This round is over and
Palestinian resistance [Muslim terrorists] promised its people [its terror-symphatizers] that every act of aggression [retaliation] by the Zionist occupation [the State of Israel] would be met by a reaction [a terror attack] from the resistance [the terror group]” Khader Habib, a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist said.
Railway traffic to the south has been resumed and roads have been reopened to civilian traffic along the Gaza border.
Schools remained closed in Ashkelon, Netivot, Sderot and the surrounding regional councils as a precaution.
The IDF Home Front Command lifted some of the restrictions on civilians, including the directive to remain near bomb shelters.
The IDF deployed additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries in central and southern Israel on Sunday, as preparation for and escalation and rocket attacks following the elimination of two Islamic Jihad terrorists who were planting bombs near the security border fence.