Mortars strike southern Israel during temporary Gaza truce

by Reuters
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:49 GMT

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 17 (Reuters) - Three mortars struck southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a couple of hours after a temporary ceasefire was supposed to take effect, the Israeli military said.

The mortars landed in open areas, causing no injuries or damage, it said, and there were no reports of Israeli retaliation.

There was no claim of responsibility in Gaza for the mortar fire.

The five-hour truce took effect at 0700 GMT.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch and Noah Browning; editing by John Stonestreet)