Hamas says Israel agreed to cease-fire after day of heavy fighting

Hamas says Israel agreed to cease-fire after day of heavy fighting

Hamas says Israel agreed to cease-fire after day of heavy fighting

According to Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organisers of the voyage, hundreds of people boarded over 30 fishing boats in support of the main vessel, said a report by Al-Jazeera.

The Iron Drome missile shield intercepted several missiles over the Israeli city of Ashqelon, while Ofakim, a city 20 kilometers west of Beersheba, was also targeted by what the IDF said were Iranian missiles.

On Tuesday, released a joint statement with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group taking responsibility for the attacks, though by early Wednesday the groups said an agreement had been reached to return to the 2014 cease-fire understanding.

The spokesman also stopped short of confirming whether Indonesia had barred Israelis from entering Indonesia following the recent violence in Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers.

The report about Israel's move was widely circulated among travel agents offering trips to the Middle East on Wednesday.

An Israeli official said today that "the IDF gave a significant blow tonight", and warned Hamas of the price the organization will pay if the fire is renewed.

On Wednesday, a senior defense official said that Israel would refrain from further attacks on Gaza if the terror groups in the coastal enclave did the same.

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Palestinian militants continued to fire additional barrages toward southern Israel, setting off air raid sirens in the area throughout the night. It was the first time the armed wing of Hamas has claimed responsibility for rocket attacks out of Gaza since the 2014 war.

Gaza's streets were filled with morning shoppers and children went to class, and schools opened as usual in Israeli towns near the border a day after the worst flare-up in violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the sites targeted by fighter jets overnight included sheds used to store drones, a rocket-manufacturing workshop, advanced naval weaponry, military compounds, training facilities and a munitions manufacturing site. He said Palestinians want peace and Israel does not.

Netanyahu repeated that Israel would not suffice with a buffer-zone free of Iranian-backed forces along the Israeli-Syrian border, and again demanded a full withdrawal of Iranian-backed militias and the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps from Syria. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 people in those protests, including 60 in one day on May 14. Gaza's unemployment rate is edging toward 50 per cent, and the territory suffers from chronic power outages.

The carnage has brought global condemnation on Israel for an alleged excessive use of force.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the violence, following a USA request for an urgent meeting.

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