Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel 
Attack comes two days after the start of Israeli-Palestinian direct peace talks 
launched in Washington.
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2010 11:54 GMT 

       Rocket fire into southern Israel comes a day after Hamas fighters vowed 
to launch fresh attacks [Reuters] 

Fighters in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into southern 
Israel, two days after the start of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the 
Israeli military said.

Saturday's cross-border rocket fire caused no injuries or damage and landed in 
an uninhabited area in the western part of the Negev desert, an army spokesman 

The rocket fire was the first since Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, 
and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, met in Washington to 
relaunch direct peace negotiations.

Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to keep talking and produce a framework for a 
permanent peace deal.

But Hamas, whose fighters routed forces loyal to Abbas to take over the Gaza 
Strip in 2007, rejects Abbas' negotiations and has vowed to continue attacks 
against Israel.

The group's armed wing claimed responsibility for two shooting attacks in the 
past week, including one that killed four Israelis in the West Bank, where 
Abbas leads the Palestinian Authority government.

Abbas has repeatedly said he will present any peace deal to a national 
referendum, which would include the people of Gaza.

A vote in favour of any peace agreement would then put heavy pressure on Hamas 
to accept the will of the Palestinian people.

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