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Smoke and fire rises following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip (file)

The rocket fire aimed by Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is silent now.

The terror group called for a truce Saturday morning after Israel Air Force pilots bombed its sites — and those of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization — following a Friday night Sabbath in which sleepless Israeli families once again raced for bomb shelters.


The night of some 30 rocket barrages began at around 10 pm Friday evening in the area of Sapir College in Sderot.

The rocket fire continued for the next 12 hours, until shortly after 10 am Saturday morning, all of it aimed at the Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt region, much of it aimed at residents in Sderot and surrounds.

The Israeli Air Force took to the skies and stayed there, striking 80 sites belonging to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

The group announced Saturday that it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease fire to end the rocket fire, however, following Egyptian contact with its leadership, according to the Gaza-based Safa news site.

Israel did not acknowledge the cease fire, however.

Restrictions remained in place throughout the day in the Eshkol Regional Council district, limiting outdoor gatherings to 100 participants, and indoor gatherings to 500 participants.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.