Reporting from Jerusalem — The day after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes killed nine militants in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli civilian in southern Israel, strikes Sunday appeared to thin out, though tensions remained high.
After an early-morning barrage was launched at southern Israel on Sunday, Islamic Jihad announced it would accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire and hold its rocket fire while reserving the right to respond to any attacks from Israel.
"There is no cease-fire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel's army would continue to carry out strikes to protect residents in the south from rocket attacks.
According to Israeli army sources, 12 rockets were launched at Israel on Sunday, including five Grad rockets. At least two launches occurred in the evening, after the cease-fire was supposed to have taken effect. Israeli operations also decreased, with one airstrike since the morning hours. Army spokesmen said the strike targeted a militant cell preparing to launch a projectile at Israel.