Israel and Hamas Reach Cease-fireCOLlive

Israel and Hamas Reach Cease-fireCOLlive

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".

"Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad".

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.

The New York Times ran the headline "Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, & Israel Responds with Airstrikes", placing the blame for starting the flare-up on Palestinians, and missing critical context, which some users saw as misleading.

Then, in a second tweet, he added: "To the Gazan people - these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery".

Two Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli troops during weekly protests along the fence between Gaza and Israel Friday, according to Palestinian health officials. "We are living this reality for so many years, but the latest round was unusual even for us", said Shula, a local resident. This time, Israeli strategic affairs analysts said, both Islamic Jihad and Hamas militants appeared to believe they had some leverage to press for concessions from Israel, where independence day celebrations begin on Wednesday. Israel's attacks escalated as well, from hitting smaller military posts to larger multi-story buildings the IDF says were used as terror infrastructure by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Netanyahu said on Monday: "The campaign is not over and it demands patience and sagacity".

"The battle will not end until the occupation responds affirmatively to our people's demands", the Joint Command Center of Armed Palestinian factions in Gaza said in a statement early on May 6.

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The deal, reportedly brokered by Egypt and the European Union, was also confirmed by a second Reuters source, as well as a TV station belonging to Hamas.

Gaza hasn't been occupied by Israel in years: The Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas after booting out the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered extra forces to the border with Gaza in preparation for a possible ground incursion.

Several buildings in Gaza City were destroyed, including one Israel said included Hamas military intelligence and security offices.

Israel's military said some 690 rockets and other projectiles have been fired over the Gaza frontier since Saturday, with more than 240 intercepted by its air defence system.

Benny Gantz, Israel's emerging opposition leader, also criticized Netanyahu, saying that ending the current round amounted to "another surrender to the extortion of Hamas and the terror organizations".

For residents in Gaza, the escalation comes a day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in the territory on Monday.

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