Gaza violence calms after overnight air strikes

Gaza violence calms after overnight air strikes

Gaza violence calms after overnight air strikes

There were no reports of further fighting after Palestinian and Israeli attacks in the early hours of Wednesday, and both sides appeared to back away from a slide toward a new war after weeks of violence along the border.

"If the firing (from Gaza) does not stop, we will have to escalate our responses and it could lead to a deterioration of the situation", Katz told Israel's Army Radio.

In a statement the group's spokesman said after Egyptian mediation a "ceasefire agreement was reached with Israel to return to calm".

They said Israel "began this round of escalation" by targeting their installations in the past two days, killing four militants.

As part of their protest campaign, Palestinians launched a ship from Gaza's Mediterranean coast Tuesday, aiming to break the Israeli blockade of the territory, according to spokesman Sallah Abdulati.

The Israeli military said that by 8pm, militants had fired 70 rockets and mortar bombs into Israel and that three Israeli soldiers were wounded by shrapnel.

The statement from three Reform leaders follows communal anger at the small group of mainly young Jews who said Kaddish for the dead, 50 of whom were known to be Hamas members by the time of their Parliament Square event.

At least 25 incoming projectiles were intercepted by its iron dome air defense system, the IDF said earlier in the day.

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Israel conducts regular air raids on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets. Explosions shook the Palestinian enclave and smoke rose from areas hit.

Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N.'s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said he was deeply concerned by "the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards communities in southern Israel". Over the weekend, Palestinians cut through the Gaza fence and set an empty Israeli military post on fire.

Naftali Bennett rejected reports on Arab media of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and said Iran was the head of the terrorist "octopus". At least 116 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire at mass demonstrations along the border, drawing global condemnation for Israel over its use of lethal force.

Israeli forces have killed at least 121 Palestinians in Gaza since weekly demonstrations started on March 30.

Protesters have demanded that Palestinians who were expelled in the 1948 war amid Israel's creation be allowed to return to their former homes, now inside Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade, with Israel saying it is necessary to prevent Hamas from obtaining means to attack.

Hamas later admitted it had condoned the attack after a number of their fighters attacked the Israeli town of Sederot on Monday evening with heavy machine guns.

But Israel has faced global criticism and calls for an independent investigation over its use of live fire during the protests and border clashes.

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