Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up - Palestinian officials

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Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up - Palestinian officials

So far, it is reported the death of 1 Hamas member and 12 wounded after the attacks, as well as the death of a 23-year-old woman and her son a year and a half after an attack in the city of Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza, according to Palestinian local media.

Israeli jets hit Gaza, again, flattening what Palestinians called a cultural center in the al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.

Militants in the strip fired more than 180 rockets and mortars into Israel within 24 hours, the Israeli military said.

Abu Mujahed, spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committee, a smaller faction in Gaza, said on his Facebook page: "Upon Egyptian and worldwide efforts, a ceasefire between Palestinian resistance began conditional on the commitment of the occupation".

A flare up in cross-border violence has seen three Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids, and Hamas rockets fired into southern Israel.

Four Palestinians, including an unborn child, were killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, stressing that they were in retaliation for the killing of two of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

IDF said demonstrators were throwing rocks and burning tires at Israeli troops, causing them to respond with live fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement".

In a tweet, the Israeli military said Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, had "used the building for military purposes".

"The principle of returning [captured] soldiers, alive, wounded or dead - is a principle we all grew up on, and must not allow to be lost", he said.

The Great March of Return protests began as a collective effort by various Palestinian groups, demanding they be allowed to return to ancestral homelands in what is now Israel.

But the ceasefire will face its first test later in the day, as Palestinians in Gaza planned on resuming weekly border protests, which at times have become violent.

"We urge the Palestinians and the Israelis to display restraint and to take measures towards ruling out the relapses of violence with unpredictable aftermaths", Zakharova said. A statement issued by his office before reports a truce had been reached said the forum instructed the military to "keep acting with force against the terrorists". Some rockets landed in the communities, and many others were shot down by the Iron Dome, which is created to intercept only rockets headed towards population centers.

The Hamas announcement came shortly after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet ordered the army to take unspecified "strong action" against Gaza militants as the military reinforced units along the border.

Smoke billows during an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, Aug. 9, 2018.

Mladenov added that "if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Israel's latest attack on Gaza was characterized as the largest escalation since 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians in a seven-week military operation. The headline also is flawed by a murky portrayal of events: "Clashes Between Israel and Gaza".

After a sleepless night for residents of Gaza and nearby Israeli communities on Wednesday, there was little respite on Thursday morning. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

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