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Breaking News / Tory Hargro, USA TODAY

Israel's military said Thursday that militants fired two rockets from Gaza, violating the recent cease-fire there several hours before it was set to expire.

In a short statement on Twitter, the Israel Defense Forces, using the name @IDFSpokesperson, said the rockets struck southern Israel and added, "Terrorists have violated the cease-fire.''

Later, the military said the rockets fell into an open fields and caused no casualties.

The military did not accuse Hamas of firing the rockets, and no one immediately claimed responsibility for them.

Meanwhile, a senior Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group has decided not to extend the cease-fire because Israel has rejected all of the group's demands in indirect talks in Cairo.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was en route to informing Egyptian mediators of the decision.

The developments come ahead of the scheduled expiration at 1 a.m. ET Friday of the three-day truce that ended a month of fighting.

Earlier in the day, Hamas rejected Israeli demands it disarm and threatened to resume its rocket attacks if its demands for lifting a crippling blockade on Gaza were not met.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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