Published: Wed, November 14, 2018

Palestine Tensions: Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached in Gaza

Palestine Tensions: Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached in Gaza

Life in Israeli communities and towns near Gaza slowly returned to normal on Wednesday after a quiet night signaled that a tentative reported ceasefire was holding following two days of intense rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled Strip.

Israel's hardline defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued a statement saying he did not support stopping the strikes.

Fighting died down at 1500 GMT and a Palestinian official briefed on the negotiations said Gaza factions ceased firing as part of a deal proposed by Egypt.

"The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it".

The UN Security Council has met behind closed doors to discuss the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip but diplomats said there was no agreement on how to address the crisis.

Kuwait, which represents Arab countries at the council, and Bolivia requested the meeting following the worst flareup in Gaza since the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel. Israeli snipers have killed about 170 people, a lot of them unarmed.

Rather, he told Ynet TV, Israel had "landed a harsh and unprecedented blow on Hamas and the terrorist groups in Gaza, and we will see if that will suffice or whether further blows will be required".

The escalation came after a truce had begun the previous...

"That's a close call", Baney said.


KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - NOVEMBER 12: Funeral ceremony for seven Palestinians, including a military commander of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, held after they were killed in Israeli attack in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 12, 2018.

The Israeli military said Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel in a 24-hour period, while it carried out air strikes on 160 targets in Gaza. An anti-tank missile hit a bus that Hamas says was being used by Israeli soldiers.

Israel said it has struck more than 100 targets it says are linked to militants in Gaza, including a strike that destroyed the TV station of the ruling Hamas group.

Israel Ziv, a retired general who once commanded the Israeli military's Gaza division, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was running out of options for dealing with Hamas.

A Hamas official said the violence erupted on Sunday when a group of its members were fired upon by a passing auto belonging to Israel forces. Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed, and 26 people were wounded.

Hamas, in turn, had scaled back its mass protests that have led to weekly bloodshed along the Israeli border.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008, and protests and clashes along the Gaza border since March 30 have repeatedly raised fears of a fourth.

The standoff has produced repeated rounds of violence, including indiscriminate Gaza rocket fire at Israeli towns and cities and punishing Israeli military offensives, but Hamas remains firmly in control.

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