Gaza Strip — Israel and militants from Gaza resumed cross-border attacks on Friday, after a three-day truce expired and talks brokered by Egypt on a new border deal for the blockaded coastal territory hit a deadlock.
Israel launched at least 10 airstrikes in response to rocket and
mortar fire from Gaza. One hit the backyard of a mosque and killed a
10-year-old boy, Palestinian officials said.
In Israel, two people were hurt by rocket fire, police said.
It is not clear if the renewed fighting will derail the Cairo talks,
which are aimed at reaching a sustainable truce, or if Egyptian
mediators can find a way to prevent further escalation.
Hamas officials said that even though they refused to extend the
three-day cease-fire, they were willing to continue negotiations.
An Israeli government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in
line with government regulations, said Israel would not conduct
negotiations under fire and would protect its citizens by all means.
The Israeli delegation left Cairo on Friday morning, and it was not clear if it would return.