Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Islamic Jihad announces ceasefire with Israel after day of strikes

Islamic Jihad announces ceasefire with Israel after day of strikes

"Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten", US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.

"Qassam and Jerusalem Brigades announce joint responsibility for bombarding [Israel's] military installations and settlements near Gaza with dozens of rocket shells throughout the day", they said in a joint statement.

It was the worst flareup since the 2014 war between Israel in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

"An agreement was reached to return to the [2014] ceasefire understandings in the Gaza Strip", Hamas' deputy chief in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya said.

In response to a renewed wave of rocket attacks aimed at Israel shortly after 1 am Thursday (May 30), the Israel Defense Forces intensified its air strikes in Gaza overnight, attacking 25 terrorist targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization using fighter jets, combat helicopters and other aircraft.

Egypt was said to have performed a significant role in stopping violence in Gaza from sliding into full-blown military conflagration during the last escalation on the border.

Amid global 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.

Among those associated with RSY-Netzer to attend was Nina Morris-Evans, who said: "By Jewishly mourning the lives lost, we were not condoning terrorism, Hamas or violence of any form".

Separately in the morning, Palestinians launched boats from Gaza to protest Israel's blockade in what they said would be a peaceful demonstration. They attacked in the morning as Israeli children were walking to school.

One of the Israeli targets was a Hamas tunnel that exited Gaza into Egypt and then entered Israel through Egypt, the military spokesman said.

"It also means occupying the Gaza Strip, and this is a possible alternative".

Tuesday's exchange of fire came after weeks of deadly unrest along the fence between Israel and the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army said three soldiers were wounded by projectiles launched from Gaza.

They peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested on the same day of the U.S. transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Late Tuesday a spokesman said a ceasefire agreement had been reached to restore calm, though the Israeli army declined to comment on the claim. No Israelis have been killed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a forceful response to the barrage of mortar shells fired.

Whilst a senior Israeli official said Israel was not interested in war but would respond "forcefully" to any rocket fire from the Strip, the Times of Israel reported.

Separately, council diplomats are negotiating a draft resolution, put forward by Kuwait, that calls for an "international protection mission" to be deployed for the Palestinians.

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