Israel's leaders voted late on Saturday to halt an offensive that has killed nearly 1,200 people turned the streets and neighborhoods of the Gaza strip into battlegrounds and dealt a stinging blow to the Islamic militants of Hamas.

In announcing the unilateral cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a televised address that Israel had achieved its goals, and more.

Not long before Olmert spoke, a rocket hit the southern Israeli town of Ashdod, according to Israeli rescue teams.

No one was hurt in the attack.
Paramedics and firefighters were at the scene shortly after.


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