Militants halt fire in Gaza flare-up

25 2017 shows a partial view of the Israeli settlement of Ariel near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus

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Separately, The Times grossly misrepresents Hamas' ongoing rocket attacks against the Gaza envelope communities with the following claim: "Palestinian fire was mostly calibrated to hit border areas rather than population centers".

Israel denied there was a truce, but a senior Israeli official told Israel Radio that "quiet would be met with quiet".

Abu Mujahed, spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committee, a smaller faction in Gaza, said on his Facebook page: "Upon Egyptian and global efforts, a ceasefire between Palestinian resistance began conditional on the commitment of the occupation".

The reporter at the briefing who was questioning Nauert blamed Israel for initiating the strikes, but she responded by saying ultimate responsibility for violence in Gaza falls on the shoulders of Hamas.

Israeli airstrikes have killed at least three people, including a pregnant mother and her 18-month-old child, after the Israeli military and Hamas traded fire overnight and into Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Health Ministry reported.

Four Palestinians, including an unborn child, were killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials. But at least 11 Israelis were injured after projectiles slammed into residential areas, blowing out windows and leaving cars and buildings pockmarked with shrapnel.

The military said more than 180 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza.

Palestinian officials have confirmed that the resistance movement Hamas and the Israeli regime have agreed on a ceasefire mediated by Egypt to stop cross-border fire in the Gaza Strip.

Last night, after a 20-hour escalation, Hamas said that a truce had been reached.

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The Great March of Return protests began as a collective effort by various Palestinian groups, demanding they be allowed to return to ancestral homelands in what is now Israel.

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Gaza militants had earlier Thursday declared a halt to rocket fire and the lack of a strong response to the strike on the building later in the day suggested they were returning to it.

Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepted more than 30 rockets, and others landed in open areas in southern Israel, said the IDF.

The Israeli security cabinet and the Hamas leadership convened separately late on Thursday, with the truce offer brokered by Egypt and the United Nations on the table.

Mladenov added that "if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

"Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy", IMEU added, posting a video compilation that captures the living conditions of millions of the almost two million people living in the occupied Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

The marches have been accompanied by clashes as some protesters hurl stones at Israeli soldiers and attempt to breach the border fence, at times laying explosive devices on the fence and using incendiary kites to set ablaze Israeli fields.

The development comes after two days of Israeli aerial raids against at least 150 positions in Gaza.

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