Israel and Gaza militants agree to cease-fire after weekend of violence

What's the sin of my children?: Infants killed in Gaza shelling

The escalation began on Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, and continued throughout Sunday.

It was the worst bout of violence since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza, and involved the first Israeli civilian deaths by rocket fire since that clash.

The region's people have faced a blockade by Israel and Egypt for 12 years, which has crippled Gaza's economy as it tries to deteriorate the Hamas militant group's power that's reigned since 2007. According to Reuters, four civilians in Israel have been killed by rockets and missiles, while Israeli strikes killed 19 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians.

"If we take into consideration how many people there are in the southern part of Israel, the major cities and in the kibbutzim and in the local different communities, we're talking about more than a million Israelis under the threat of those rockets from the Gaza Strip", he added. Lives were lost on both sides, including civilians, at the peak of the fighting on Sunday. Israel withdrew. Gaza's Palestinian leaders then burned synagogues and greenhouses full of food.

Israel says the money rewards violence.




Over the weekend, sirens blared sending Israelis running to bomb shelters as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) launched more than 700 rockets at southern Israel in less than 48 hours.

The Israeli military says it retaliated with airstrikes on more than 260 Hamas targets inside Gaza.

Even within his own ruling Likud Party, Netanyahu faced unusual criticism for not going further to quash Gaza militants.

Following that, Islamic Jihad said the ceasefire was agreed after Israel agreed to somewhat ease the blockade it imposes on the Gaza Strip.

The United States targeted a member of ISIS in 2015 in response to information warfare when Junaid Hussain, the ISIS operative known as TriCk, was killed by drone strike for allegedly using the internet to recruit ISIS sympathisers in the West and releasing personally identifiable information of about 1,300 USA military and government employees in an effort to endanger them. The upper two floors of the five-story structure in the Sheikh Zayed residential complex was hit by an Israeli airstrike and four Palestinians - a 12-year-old boy, an infant and her parents - were killed. On Sunday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad said their armed wings had targeted an Israeli army vehicle with a Kornet missile. Israel will also lighten restrictions on goods brought in through the border crossings with Gaza and extend the Gaza fishing zone back to 15 nautical miles.

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