Palestinians and Israelis reach truce in Gaza as Ramadan begins

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In two days of fighting, more than 600 rockets were launched at Israel, while the Israeli army struck hundreds of targets in the Strip. It said it shelled or carried out air strikes on some 320 militant sites. Some Israelis who live close to the Gaza border believed their government agreed to a truce with Hamas because it did not want rockets raining down during the upcoming Independence Day holiday, or the Eurovision Song Contest finals that begin on May 14 in Tel Aviv, just 50 miles (80 km) up the coast from Gaza.

Only one Democratic lawmaker so far has publicly defended Israel since the latest barrage of attacks began more than two days ago: Sen. We hit over 350 targets. Short-range rockets targeting the Gaza periphery gave way to more powerful rockets aimed at Beer Sheva and Ashdod, some of the largest cities in southern Israel.

"The campaign is not over and it demands patience and sagacity". We are preparing to continue. The goal was and remains to ensure quiet and security for residents of the South. An airstrike hit his vehicle on a busy street in Gaza City on Sunday.

In what it said was a separate, targeted attack, Israel's military killed Hamed Ahmed Al-Khodary, a Hamas commander.

US President Donald Trump, one of the most openly pro-Israeli presidents in American history, was quick to offer his support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and unusually found himself on the same side as the media he regularly attacks for being biased.

In the Sheikh Zayed neighborhood, residents were in shock a day after an Israeli airstrike killed six people and destroyed four apartments.

The Islamic Jihad official said the new truce agreement was again based on Israel easing its blockade.

The coastal area Palestinians are allowed to fish in has been increased, an Islamic Jihad official told the AFP news agency, as well as improvements in the electricity and fuel situation.

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"Hamas is responsible not only for its attacks against Israel, but also for the Islamic Jihad's attacks, and it is paying a very heavy price for it", Netanyahu said.

There was no official word from Israel on any bargaining behind the ceasefire.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., responded to Omar via Twitter, pointing out the terrorist group Hamas governs Gaza.

The tiny, densely populated enclave's health ministry said among those killed on Sunday were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby.

President Trump has condemned the latest round of Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians. Peace negotiations have been moribund since 2014. The Israeli military said that as of 7 a.m., "all protective restrictions in the home front will be lifted".

"This isn't some local initiative, it is part of a strategic choice to escalate matters", Conricus said.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said a "return to calm" was possible if Israel committed to implementing the "understandings" that had been reached.

The weekend also saw the first use of a targeted killing by Israeli authorities in Gaza in years.