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Despite truce, rockets still falling on Israel

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June 24, 2012 | 3:45 pm

Israelis take cover as a siren warning of incoming rockets sounds in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, just outside the northern Gaza Strip on June 20. Photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israelis take cover as a siren warning of incoming rockets sounds in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, just outside the northern Gaza Strip on June 20. Photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at Ashkelon shortly after the truce, which was mediated by Egypt, went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several rockets also hit southern Israel on Sunday.

An Israeli man, 50, was seriously injured by shrapnel when a rocket exploded near a factory in Sderot.  A school in Sderot also was damaged by rocket fire.

Israel struck several targets in Gaza over the weekend, according to the Israeli military, including a terror cell about to detonate a rocket. Hamas reported that at least three Palestinians were killed in retaliatory attacks over the weekend, including a child and a terrorist.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the regularly scheduled Cabinet meeting on Sunday said “the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.”

At least 150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since the cross-border attacks began last week, the Israel Defense Forces reported.

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