A rocket has been fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel, according to the country’s military. No injuries were reported in the attack on the city of Ashkelon. The rocket landed in a field.
The Israeli army is poised to respond. It usually reacts to rocket fire by attacking Hamas targets in Gaza. Several rockets have been fired over the border since ceasefires on January 18 brought Israel’s three week onslaught on the territory to an end. Some 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the fighting. The West supports the Fatah administration in the West Bank, saying it won’t talk to Hamas unless it renounces violence and recognises Israel. While maintaining that position, Britain’s former leader Tony Blair, who now represents the Quartet of Middle East mediators in the region, has said that Hamas should be part of the peace process.