Activists slam Western media for providing cover as Israel bombs Gaza

Friends and relatives mourn as they attend the funeral of 58-year-old Moshe Agadi who was killed from shrapnel wounds after his house was hit directly by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon southern Israel

In reaction to the ongoing air strikes, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stated that "We strongly condemn the attacks in Gaza by Hamas terrorists".

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned what it called Israel's "savage" attack on Gaza, and blamed "unlimited United States support" for Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel as seen from the city of Ashkelon, Israel Ashkelon, on May 5, 2019.

"To the Gazan people-these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery", he wrote.

Omar tweeted, "How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?" Militant factions said at least nine of the dead were their fighters, with eight of them from the Islamic Jihad, according to the group.

Israeli military said the airstrikes in Gaza were in retaliation for rocket fire in southen Israel.

While Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they hoped to strong-arm Israel into easing restrictions on Gaza, Israel announced it would cease all fuel imports into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, impacting Gaza's already patchy power supply.

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in northern Gaza Strip October 27, 2018.

A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, said in response to Netanyahu's statement that although the recent flare-up in violence had come to an end, the wider conflict would continue.

Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV confirmed the ceasefire report. According to the Jerusalem Post, Qatar and Egypt helped broker the deal.

Proving they are not acting in good faith, not long after agreeing to a cease-fire with Israel, which lifted restrictions for civilians as a result of the agreement, Hamas sent an arson balloon into the Jewish nation.

"I don't think that something like that is necessarily on the immediate horizon, and I don't know that anything quite that big is ever going to happen - certainly not under [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, who doesn't like that sort of action". Hamas is firing rockets at civilians in Israel. 3.

The army said its tanks and planes hit more than 250 militant targets in Gaza in response.

For residents in Gaza, the escalation comes a day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in the territory on Monday. "We killed dozens of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, and knocked down terrorist buildings", Netanayhu said while visiting the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command, pushing back against criticism that he has not done enough to end rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Four Israelis have also died - the first civilian deaths in Israel from cross-border attacks since 2014.

At the baby's funeral on Sunday, Sebba's relative Khalid Abu Arar told MEE that an Israeli drone struck the family with a missile as they drank tea outside their home.

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