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Hamas, Islamic Jihad say ceasefire reached with Israel
After over 200 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel and IDF attacks on dozens of terror targets in the strip, Hamas says regional and international mediation bore fruit, ending the current round of fighting; Israeli defense official: 'Only facts on the ground will dictate our response.'
Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said Saturday night that a ceasefire has been reached with Israel amid the recent escalation of violence that saw over 200 rockets fired from Gaza to Israel and IDF attacks on dozens of targets in the strip.

 

 

"The regional and international mediation has lead to an end to the current round of fighting between the resistance and the Israeli army," the terror group said.

 

A senior Israeli defense official said in response to the reports of a ceasefire: "Only the facts on the ground would dictate our response."

  

IAF strikes in Gaza
IAF strikes in Gaza

 

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters: "Efforts by many parties have continued since the beginning of the escalation and the Israeli bombardment on Gaza. They were crowned by the success of the Egyptian effort to restore calm and end the escalation."

 

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said in a separate statement that a truce had been reached.

 

Earlier, Hamas confirmed there were talks with Egypt and other international players in an effort to stop the escalation. "Israel started the attacks and it must stop," a Hamas official said. "The movement is responded to the Israeli aggression."

 

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, meanwhile, said it would halt its fire if Israel stopped its airstrikes.

 

IAF strikes in Beit Lahiya

IAF strikes in Beit Lahiya

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

Sources in the Gaza Strip told Ynet that Egyptian intelligence has decided to intervene in the situation and has contacted the Hamas leadership in an effort to stop the violence.

 

According to the sources, the Egyptians are in contact with Hamas deputy leader in the strip, Khalil al-Hayya, and Hamas official Ruhi Mushtahi. The two have been in Cairo since the beginning of the week for the talks with the heads of the Egyptian intelligence on restarting the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

 

Rocket landing site in Nahal Oz (Photo: Roee Idan)
Rocket landing site in Nahal Oz (Photo: Roee Idan)


Over 100 rockets and mortar shells have been launched at Israel since 3pm Saturday, with 20 of them intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and 73 falling in open areas.

 

Iron Dome launches interceptor missile (Photo: Avi Rokah)
Iron Dome launches interceptor missile (Photo: Avi Rokah)

 

Over 150 Code Red rocket alerts have been sounded across the Gaza border communities, as well as in Sderot and Ashkelon, since 1:35am when the IAF strikes in Gaza began.

 

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip (Photo: AFP)
Rocket fired from Gaza Strip (Photo: AFP)

 

A family of four Israelis were lightly wounded from shrapnel of a Gaza rocket that landed near a home in the city of Sderot on Saturday evening. Another rocket landed near a synagogue in the city.

 

Damage caused to home from rocket shrapnel (Photo: Israel Police)
Damage caused to home from rocket shrapnel (Photo: Israel Police)

 

The father of the family, 52, suffered injuries to his forehead and legs, the mother, 45, suffered injuries to her legs, a 15-year-old girl suffered injuries to her face, head and legs, and a 14-year-old girl suffered injuries to her face, legs and back of the head.

 

Aharon Buchris who was wounded in rocket hit on his home in Sderot (Photo: Barzilai Medical Center)
Aharon Buchris who was wounded in rocket hit on his home in Sderot (Photo: Barzilai Medical Center)

 

Meanwhile, 11 fires broke out in Israeli communities near the Gaza border as a result of incendiary balloons and kites, including two in the Gvar'am forest. Firefighters were able to gain control of all of the fires.

  

On the Palestinian side, two teenagers aged 15 and 16 were killed in a strike on an unfinished four-stroy building in the Al-Shati Camp near a Hamas police and security compound, which was used by the terror group as an urban warfare training facility. Ten others were reported wounded in the strike, which reduced the building to rubble.

 

IAF strike on building in al-Shati

IAF strike on building in al-Shati

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

AFP reported the two teens were on the street outside the building, which was empty at the time of the strike.

 

Under the building, Hamas dug a tunnel to train in underground warfare. The IDF said the tunnel is one of a network of underground tunnels dug by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

 

IAF strikes in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)
IAF strikes in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)

 

Earlier, the IAF destroyed a Hamas battalion command headquarters in Beit Lahiya, which included offices, war rooms, storage areas, and an urban warfare training facility.

 

IAF destroys Hamas battalion command center    (צילום: דובר צה"ל)

IAF destroys Hamas battalion command center   (Video: IDF Spokesman's Office)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

The IDF also destroyed Hamas rockets manufacturing sites, an arms depot and a mortar shell launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

During the overnight round of airstrikes, the IAF attacked two Hamas terror tunnels in Rafah and Beit Hanoun and a logistical center for the incendiary balloons and kites operations, to which the terror organization retaliated by firing 31 projectiles at Israel (27 mortar shells and the rest rockets).

 

Code red sirens were repeatedly sounded throughout the night across Israel's southern communities—at the Sha'ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, Eshkol, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils, as well as in Ashkelon's industrial area—as more and more rockets and mortar shells were launched from the Gaza Strip.

 

The Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted seven projectiles. One projectile landed in a kibbutz in Shaar HaNegev.

 

According to IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis, Saturday afternoon's strikes were "the biggest daylight strikes carried out since Operation Protective Edge." 

 

Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Matan Tzuri, Ilana Curiel, Moran Azulay, Adir Yanko and Reuters contributed to this report.

 


First published: 07.14.18, 22:50
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