O The Israeli army accused Hamas of having broken the ceasefire and announced the resumption of fighting, minutes after the temporary truce established on November 24 ended.
“Hamas violated the operational pause and, in addition, fired on Israeli territory. The Israel Defense Forces resumed fighting against the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.
The Interior Ministry of the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas since 2007, stated that “Israeli planes are flying over the Strip and their vehicles opened fire in the northwest of the enclave.”
The truce expired at 7:00 am (5:00 am in Lisbon).
The interruption of fighting began a week ago, on November 24, initially for four days until it was prolonged with the help of Qatar and Egypt, mediating countries.
During the truce, Hamas and other Gaza militants released more than 100 hostages, most of them Israelis, in exchange for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
The Israeli army claimed today to have intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, shortly before the end of the truce with Hamas.
The anti-aircraft defense system “successfully intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip”, said the Israeli army in a message sent to the press just over an hour before the end of the truce established with Hamas.
The Islamist group carried out a surprise attack against Israel on October 7, causing 1,200 deaths and more than 200 hostages, which led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare war on Hamas and launch an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has already cost the lives of more than 15 thousand people.
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