Hamas says truce reached after Israel's biggest strikes since 2014 war

Hamas says truce reached after Israel's biggest strikes since 2014 war

Hamas says truce reached after Israel's biggest strikes since 2014 war

Tel Aviv has most recently ratcheted up its attacks against Gaza, taking it under dozens of airstrikes, while claiming that it is responding to rocket fire from the territory. 'The Israeli military has delivered its most punishing blow against Hamas since the 2014 war.

"The leadership of the enemy will be fully responsible for more aggression on the Gaza Strip and will pay a very heavy price for its stubbornness", said Hamas armed wing, al Qassam Brigades, in a short press statement.

Israel has been warning Hamas that while it has no interest in exacerbating hostilities, it will not tolerate Gaza militants' continued efforts to breach the border and its campaign of incendiary attacks on Israeli border communities. But after several hours of calm it said residents could resume their daily routines.

"The immediate dealing with the escalation of the enemy and the immediate response reflects the status of the militants' awareness in running and ruling the conflict, sending a clear message and guaranteeing the balance of fast deterrence and this is done to force the enemy to stop escalation", said Barhoum.

At least two Palestinians sustained injuries when Israeli fighter jets launched an airstrike against a residential area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Israel says it has only opened fire in self-defence or on people trying to infiltrate its territory under the cover of the demonstrations.

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Later, witnesses reported that Israeli warplanes dropped four bombs on an unfinished building near a Hamas police and security compound in Gaza City, reducing the old structure to rubble. Health officials said the two people killed were a father and his son.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest.

Since the beginning of the rallies and protests, known as "the Great Marches of Return" on March 30, the Health Ministry said that the Israeli army killed 139 Palestinians and wounded more than 16,000 others.

Hamas's urban warfare training facility in the al-Shati refugee camp, which is connected to the terror group's vast tunnel network, was meant to be used for public or government services for the Palestinians; aerial photos released by the IDF show destruction of Hamas battalion headquarters.

Israeli officials have repeatedly threatened to launch a military offensive against the Gaza Strip to end Hamas rule, including the resumption of assassinations against Hamas leaders. These have caused hundreds of fires at Israeli farms.

Hamas, meanwhile, has been trying to break out of its isolation and spotlight the hardships of the impoverished strip without invoking the full wrath of Israel.

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