Published: Wed, May 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis

Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Egyptian mediators, along with officials from Qatar and the United Nations, helped reach the deal. "End the violence and work toward peace".

"Hamas and the PIJ are operating together...they have fired massive amounts of rockets at different Israeli cities", said IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus.

At least 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed.

Israelis should realize the Iron Dome can no longer provide the protection they had come to expect, and they should also understand this is a preview of what a war with Hezbollah may look like.

Palestinian militants have shot more than 600 rockets and other missiles into Israel since Friday.

Israel celebrates its Independence Day this week and hosts the Eurovision song contest on 14-18 May.

This comes as reports claim a temporary ceasefire agreement has been met between Israel and Palestinian officials.

Palestinians gather around the bodies of people who were killed in Israeli strikes the previous day, during a funeral ceremony at a mosque in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza Strip on May 6 2019.

The coastal area Palestinians are allowed to fish in has been increased, an Islamic Jihad official told the AFP news agency, as well as improvements in the electricity and fuel situation.

"The campaign is not over and it demands patience and sagacity".

"They were a gross and blatant violation of global law, and the Israeli actions to neutralize rocket launchers and prevent further attacks are entirely justified", Hoyer said in a statement.

The violence began two days ago when a sniper from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad fired at Israeli troops, wounding two soldiers, according to the Israeli military. Four Israelis were killed by rocket fire.

Netanyahu, who recently secured re-election in part thanks to the votes of the rocket-battered residents along the Gaza Strip frontier, has traditionally been cautious in his handling of Gaza, for fear of sparking an open-ended war with no clear endgame. "It ends with Israeli strikes that destroy the Gaza Strip's infrastructures".

Turkey said its state news agency Anadolu had an office in the building, and strongly denounced the strike.

"We were with Hamas in Cairo and we made a joint decision to activate the Joint Operations Room to respond to the aggression of the occupation", he explained, describing how the decision to launch the escalation against Israel was taken.

The ministry said among those killed on Sunday were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby. Israel has not commented on that death. On Sunday night a rocket hit a house in Ashkelon killing a 58 year.old man He was the first such Israeli civilian fatality since the 2014.

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