- They continued fighting their fratricidal civil war against the gunmen of Fatah while agreeing to the sixth ceasefire in the past three days. It began at 8 o'clock this evening and ended a few seconds later.
- Hamas "liberation" forces continued their rocket barrage against Israel's western Negev. Some 30 Qassam rockets have been fired into Israel so far today.
- Some of those Qassams were deliberately fired into Sderot, the Israeli town unlucky enough to be within firing distance of Hamas emplacements. A 60-year-old Israeli woman was severely injured in her home which took a direct hit.
- Their Qassams led to four other Israelis being treated for shock.
- One Qassam struck a cluster of Israeli homes in Sderot, causing damage to several buildings. This is the complex where the Yaakobov family lives. Yaakov Yaakobov was killed by a Qassam rocket in November 2006.
- A Hamas Qassam rocket struck Sderot this evening and knocked out power throughout the town.
- Another Qassam rocket struck a home next door to the home of Israel's minister of defence who lives in Sderot. There was property damage but thankfully no injuries. A nearby basketball court was destroyed.
- Note that Hamas openly claimed credit today for the Qassam rocket attacks. It announced that they will continue to be fired into Israel. An Israeli report confirms what we wrote this morning, quoting Palestinian sources who say "Hamas is trying to provoke a fight with Israel in the hopes that an Israeli military response would calm the Fatah-Hamas fighting by uniting the two against a common enemy". So what else is new?
- But at the same time, Hamas issued an official statement blaming the entire mess on (as if you didn't know) on Israel, as well as the international community and the Arab states.
- Hamas also expressed severe contrition today for the unmitigated disaster it has bought upon the heads of its society, its children, its economy and its culture. Not.
- Oh, and to round off a week of genuine achievements, yesterday Hamas gunmen launched a heroic attack against a Jeep-ful of their enemies. Except that it was not their enemies but in fact their own gunmen (this we are not making up), five of whom went straight to their seventy-two virgins.
Carnage. Anarchy. Unlimited bloodshed. Dead women and children everywhere. The Times puts it graphically and clearly: "The random use of weapons and explosives is out of control... the elite, the politicians, sit with the Egyptian mediators at night and then come out with statements about a truce, and in the morning we see the opposite has occurred. These people are not controlling anything."
Meanwhile the Pal-Arabs find enough energy left over, as they have for several generations, to keep pouring their barrages of death into Israeli towns and homes. Not disputed territory, not military camps, not industrial complexes.
In other words, business as usual. This ongoing war.