Gaza border quiet after Hamas announces ceasefire


Gaza border quiet after Hamas announces ceasefire

CEASEFIRE? Israeli soldiers walk near an Israeli army tank patrolling along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 29, 2018.

The Israeli military struck dozens of militant sites in Gaza overnight as rocket fire continued toward southern Israeli communities into early Wednesday morning, setting off air raid sirens in the area throughout the night. "Israel has delivered a message that if the fire resumes, the attacks on Hamas and the other groups will intensify", he said.

Israel's military has said it was not seeking an escalation, but warned Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, to rein in its fighters.

The Islamic Jihad of Palestine (PIJ) posted on Wednesday a video showing its Tuesday attacks on Israel.

Nikolay Mladenov told an emergency Security Council meeting on Wednesday that the global community should "unequivocally condemn" Hamas' rocket and mortar attack against Israel. The IDF said it will refrain from attacking Gaza as long as there is calm.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz denied a ceasefire had been reached after the worst armed flare-up between his country and the besieged Gaza Strip since a 2014 war.

By late Tuesday, Israeli aircraft had hit 55 facilities belonging to militant groups in Gaza, including a cross-border tunnel under construction, in response to the Palestinian barrages, the military said.

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force at the mass demonstrations that began on March 30, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the army was repelling attacks on the border fence.

In the resolution the City Council condemned the murder of "110 peaceful Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip", and urged Israel and Egypt to allow the free movement of Palestinians living in Gaza, who have endured an illegal Israeli blockade for over 10 years. The BBC report of the same events notes right away in the sixth paragraph that "UN and human rights officials have accused Israel of using disproportionate force" - the Times cites no human rights organizations.

The United States has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the latest attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, the USA mission to the United Nations said Tuesday. An Islamic Jihad spokesman said "the blood of our people is not cheap".



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