Hamas broke the latest ceasefire on Tuesday with a salvo of medium-range rockets on Be’er Sheva, followed by dozens of volleys at targets throughout southern and central Israel. Meanwhile, cabinet ministers have begun to call for a ground offensive aimed at recapturing Gaza.
The rocket fire has continued throughout Wednesday and Thursday, with over 200 launches from the Gaza Strip since the latest outbreak collapsed negotiations that had been progressing towards a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.
Ministers Call to Retake Gaza
The sudden and powerful return to violence by Hamas has exasperated members of the Israeli cabinet, several of whom have called for a renewed ground offensive and even the recapture of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday, housing Minister Uri Ariel told Israel’s Channel 2 News that “the actions until now did not bring quiet. It’s clear there is no choice but a ground offensive.”
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