Israeli and Palestinian forces had agreed to an unexpected cease-fire on Saturday, but rocket attacks launched by Palestinian militant groups early Sunday have threatened the fragile peace.

Reuters via Yahoo!:

The truce, which has raised the possibility that moribund Middle East peacemaking could be revived, is designed to end rocket attacks and halt a crushing Israeli army offensive.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the cease-fire may lead to “real negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians. He also said Israel will “show restraint” in coming days over the cease-fire violations.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate, ordered his security forces to ensure the cease-fire held, but it was unclear whether they would use force to prevent rocket fire.

  • Israel and Palestinians Agree to a Cease-Fire in the Gaza Strip (New York Times)
  • Gaza truce takes hold despite rocket attacks (Reuters)
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