Since Islamic law only allows for truces so that the jihadis can gain strength in order to fight again more effectively, this could signal that the Gaza jihadis believe they are again strong enough to confront the Israelis.
“Gaza rocket slams South for first time since truce,” by Yaakov Lappin for Reuters, February 26 (thanks to Alexandre):
Palestinian terrorists broke a three month ceasefire on Tuesday and fired a rocket from Gaza into southern Israel. The rocket fell on a road south of Ashkelon causing some damage to a road, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Al- Aqsa Martyrs Brigades took resonsibilty [sic] for the attack, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. The terrorists fired a Grad rocket in response to the “liquidation” of the prisoner Jaradat, Ma’an reported.
The IDF Spokesperson said there were no injuries in the incident.
According to Chief Inspector Liat Nidan of the Lachish sub-district, police have not increased their level of readiness in the wake of the rocket strike, and have not received any sort of assessments from the security establishment about a possible flare-up in the days to come.
She added that no code red alarm went off in the city before the rocket struck, and the IDF is investigating why one did not go off.
“An explosion was heard in the Ashkelon region experts searched areas and found one rocket that struck, damaging a road but causing no injuries,” Rosenfeld said.
Egyptian mediators helped achieve a truce in Gaza after eight days of punishing Israeli air strikes amid rocket attacks from the coastal territory in late November.
The attack came after the death on Saturday of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli custody which triggered protests in the West Bank.
In the latest violence there, Israeli troops shot and wounded five Palestinians during confrontations with protesters in the Bethlehem area on Monday and a 15-year-old boy was in critical condition.
The death in disputed circumstances of Arafat Jaradat, buried in a funeral in the Hebron area attended by thousands on Monday, and a hunger strike by four other Palestinian inmates, have stoked tensions ahead of a planned visit next month by US President Barack Obama.