Cease-fire ends after Gaza rocket attack

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Israeli military forces retaliated against Hamas on Tuesday after rockets were fired from Gaza, ending a temporary cease-fire.

The Israeli Defense Force said that three rockets fired from Gaza hit the Israeli cities of Beersheba and Netivot on Tuesday. Israel responded with targeted airstrikes in Gaza, ending a truce that had held for much of the past week.

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"The rocket attack on Beersheba is a grave and direct violation of the cease-fire," Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said, according to Reuters.

Israeli warplanes hit agricultural areas in northern Gaza, according to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, and other raids targeted east Gaza, Arab news channel Al Arabyia reported.

Hamas called the strikes an "Israeli breach of the truce," according to Haaretz.

No injuries have been reported yet in either Gaza or Israel from the latest round of violence. 

The rocket fire from Gaza reportedly prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to call back their negotiators from Cairo, which could lead to a further escalation in rocket fire.

The top Palestinian negotiator in Egyptian-led talks with Israel had warned earlier Tuesday ahead of the latest cease-fire deadline that violence could erupt if progress was not made on a long-term deal, according to multiple reports. 

The cease-fire expired at midnight on Monday evening.

The Obama administration has supported Israel's right to defend itself from Hamas rockets but has urged caution given the number of civilian casualties. 

More than 2,000 people, including many women and children, have been killed in Gaza since fighting began July 8, according to Gaza's health ministry. Thousands more have been injured.

Of the 67 Israelis killed, all but three have been soldiers, according to The Associated Press.