Hamas

Escalation in the south: more than 60 rockets and mortar shells fired at the cities of Ashqelon, Netivot, Sderot and other population centers in the western Negev. Hamas claims responsibility for most of the attacks.

On December 24, five days after the lull arrangement ended, the cities of Ashqelon, Netivot and Sderot, the towns and villages near the Gaza Strip, the crossings and IDF bases were subjected to a massive rocket and mortar shell attack. At least 60 rockets and mortar shells were fired, most of them by Hamas.
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Intensive rocket fire attacks against western Negev population centers and the Ashqelon region after Hamas announces the end of the lull arrangement

At 0600 hours on the morning of December 19 the lull arrangement ended, six months after it began, according to a unilateral announcement made by Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations. Israel’s position was that the lull was unlimited in time.
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The Six Months of the Lull Arrangement

On June 17, 2008, after several months of indirect contacts between Israel and Hamas through Egyptian mediators, Egypt and Hamas individually announced that a lull arrangement (tahadiya) had been reached between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and it would go into effect at 0600 hours on the morning of June 19.
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Escalation in attacks from the Gaza Strip as Hamas announces the end of the lull arrangement

On December 19, 2008, according to Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations, the lull arrangement will end (Israel’s position is that the lull is unlimited in time).
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Broadcasts on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channels: prominent radical Islamic figures from Jordan and Lebanon encourage suicide bombing attacks

Broadcasts on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channels: prominent radical Islamic figures from Jordan and Lebanon encourage suicide bombing attacks, call for the murder of Jews and Israelis and the destruction of the State of Israel, preach subversion of public order in Egypt and attack the Palestinian Authority
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The Israel security forces in Jerusalem detained two Hamas operatives carrying Israeli IDs

The Israel security forces in Jerusalem detained two Hamas operatives carrying Israeli IDs, preventing them from abducting a border guard and carrying out other -terrorist attacks.
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