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Gaza tensions: Hamas says a truce agreed with Israel

10 August 2018

Over the past four months, 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including at least 120 in the protests near the fence and others in Israeli air strikes and other incidents elsewhere in Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry and a local rights group.

"She was killed for nothing!" The Palestinian Health Ministry says seven bystanders were wounded in Thursday evening's airstrike in the Shati refugee camp.

In a statement, Hamas added that they hold Israel responsible for the latest escalation and called for worldwide intervention "to prevent the rapid escalation on the ground". One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper. Nauert first said that the State Department was fully monitoring the situation in Israel before reaffirming the United States' support of Israel's self-defense. "People were freaking out".

Gaza's militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire Friday that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.

Israel's military said the five-storey building was used by Hamas's "interior security forces for military purposes". Israel in turn needs to send the message that there's a "price to pay", he said.

A top Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group waited for the delegation to leave Gaza before responding with rocket fire late Wednesday.

He added that the resistance movement would insist on its position that the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has to be lifted as part of any talks with Tel Aviv.

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As Israel continues to attack Gaza and strangle its economy with measures that have been denounced as "genocidal policies of collective punishment", the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) noted that "Palestinians in Gaza are on the brink of a full-blown humanitarian crisis due to Israel's 10-year siege". The enclave's misery results in instability that is a major security concern for Israel.

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war.

Hamas and Israel have also opened channels for indirect talks on prisoner exchanges. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment.

After a sleepless night for residents of Gaza and nearby Israeli communities on Wednesday, there was little respite on Thursday morning.

"Israel is being inundated with Hamas rocket fire from Gaza", the coalition said in a tweet that included a picture of the devastation and text saying "180 rockets and counting".

A statement from the military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets. On Tuesday, the Israeli military struck a Hamas military post in Gaza after it said militants fired on Israeli troops on the border. A few hours later the rocket fire began. Alon Davidi, the mayor of Sderot, said it's time for "action". In the last several weeks of rocket fire, Hamas did not calibrate its fire to hit only unpopulated areas, as readers are likely to understand from this passage. "Even the most respected news sources bow Israeli pressure to present Israel's war crimes as passively as possible". "We are reinforcing the southern command and Gaza division". "I don't know how, whether through reconciliation or a deal with Israel or Egypt".

"We don't see the end of the escalation".

Gaza tensions: Hamas says a truce agreed with Israel