First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce reported
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a mortar round into Israel Tuesday morning, marking the first reported violation of a nearly week-long truce, the Israeli military said. No one was hurt and the mortar shell did not cause any damage, reported CNN.
In the West Bank, Israeli troops Tuesday morning killed two militants, including a senior member of the Islamic Jihad, the military said.
Soldiers went to Nablus to arrest Tareq Jumaa Ahmed Abu Ghali when he opened fire at them, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Troops fired back, killing Abu Ghali and another militant who was with him, the IDF said.
The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement, which only applies to Gaza, went into effect on Thursday morning and is supposed to last six months.
The terms stipulate that Palestinian militants stop attacks on Israel. Israel, in turn, will halt raids inside Gaza and gradually ease its economic blockade if the truce holds.
Israel has repeatedly said the truce is a first step toward a broader cease-fire agreement that must include the release of an Israeli soldier who was taken hostage two years ago.
Ofer Dekel -- Israel's point man for the negotiations to release Cpl. Gilad Shalit -- is expected to arrive in Cairo on Tuesday, an Israeli official said. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Tuesday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh.
A day before his trip to the Egyptian resort city, Olmert held "security consultations" with Dekel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and others on Sunday regarding how to expedite the negotiations on Shalit's release.