The Palestinian Authority (PA)

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict December 16-23, 2008

The days after the terrorist organizations announced the end of the lull arrangement were marked by intensive rocket and mortar shell fire which targeted Sderot, Ashqelon and other villages in the western Negev. A senior Hamas figure announced that in response to a request from Egypt, the organizations operating in the Gaza Strip had agreed
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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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 9-16, 2008)

This coming Friday, December 19, Hamas is planning to end the six-month lull arrangement. During the first few months of the lull there was relative calm, however, since the November 4 prevention of an abduction, the situation has deteriorated and in effect the lull no longer exists. Khaled Mashal,announced that the organization did not intend
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