Hamas said to arrest mortar launchers


Illustrative photo of a rocket fired from Gaza City towards Israel, Saturday, August 9, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Dusan Vranic)
Gaza’s rulers deny they fired first projectile at Israel since conflict ended, reportedly take perpetrators into custody.

By Stuart Winer and Yifa YaakovThe Times of Israel

Hamas has arrested those responsible for firing a mortar toward Israel on Tuesday evening, Israeli security sources said late Tuesday.

Ynet quoted the sources saying that after the mortar was fired, Hamas relayed a message to Israel saying it would arrest the perpetrators, which it did later on Tuesday.

According to the sources, Israel told Hamas — which denied that it had fired the projectile — that if it didn’t take action against the forces who violated the ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Israel would have to intervene.

Earlier Tuesday evening, a mortar shell was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed, the first since a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas went into effect on August 26.

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