Relative calm after Gaza ceasefire, Latest World News

Geraldine Edwards
July 17, 2018

Later, witnesses reported that Israeli warplanes dropped four bombs on an unfinished building near a Hamas police and security compound in Gaza City, reducing the old structure to rubble.

A tunnel was dug under the building, which connects to Hamas's massive underground tunnel network in the strip.

Israeli media reported that more than 140 rocket alarm sirens also sounded throughout communities near the Israel-Gaza border from midnight into the morning. The Israeli military aggression killed almost 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

Barhum said that many sides tried to talk Israel into stopping the airstrikes, but only Egypt was successful.

Shortly after, Israeli medical officials said three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a house in southern Israel.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not accept a ceasefire unless all hostilities end including incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, even as Egypt-brokered ceasefire holds after a day of intense fighting.

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In addition, the arson balloons and kites from Gaza have caused 750 fires and burned 2,600 hectares, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, according to Israel's fire service.

The IDF hit dozens of Hamas targets over the weekend in the largest strike since the 2014 Gaza war, while the terrorist group fired over 100 rockets and mortars into Israel.

Israel launched three large-scale military operations against the Gaza Strip. Hamas said another Palestinian had died after being shot by Israeli troops during border protests on Friday.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment, but said its actions would depend on what happens on the ground.

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"The leadership of the enemy will be fully responsible for more aggression on the Gaza Strip and will pay a very heavy price for its stubbornness", said Hamas armed wing, al Qassam Brigades, in a short press statement.

Since the beginning of the rallies and protests, known as "the Great Marches of Return" on March 30, the Health Ministry said that the Israeli army killed 139 Palestinians and wounded more than 16,000 others. Palestinians and rights groups say unarmed protesters are being shot while posing no real threat.

In a statement, the military said Hamas' activities "violate Israeli sovereignty, endanger Israeli civilians and sabotage Israel's humanitarian efforts that aim to help Gazan civilians".

Instead, the IDF said it has been used for years as an urban warfare training facility for Hamas, and in recent months Hamas has also been using it to drill survival in the tunnels.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the Palestinian resistance movement had agreed to an "Egyptian offer to return to a ceasefire to stop this escalation".

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