Group agrees to stop firing rockets at Israel

28 October, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"Should bombardment and aggression continue, the resistance will respond", the group said.

Israel has accused Iranian forces based in Syria of orchestrating the heaviest barrage of rockets to emanate from Gaza in months.

Israel's Iron Dome rocket-defence system intercepted 13 rockets, two landed in Gaza and the remainder fell in open spaces in southern Israel, according to Conricus.

The fighting followed a bloody day of border protests, in which Israeli forces shot and killed five Palestinians protesting along the perimeter fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel.

In Israel, warning sirens sounded through the night in communities near the Gaza border, sending residents to bomb shelters.

Explosions echoed through Gaza, where militants usually vacate potential targets when violence flares, as buildings shook and flames lit up the night sky.

Media outlets in Gaza said Israel struck targets in the area of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip in retaliation.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) said Saturday that it will stop firing rockets at Israel after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

"After contacts between the Islamic Jihad leadership and the brothers in Egypt, it was agreed that a comprehensive cease-fire will begin immediately", spokesman Daoud Shehab said.

Israel has fought three wars since 2008 with Hamas and its allies, including Islamic Jihad, and Egypt and the United Nations have been leading diplomatic efforts to avert a fourth.

"The Egyptian efforts led to understandings to restore calm to Gaza Strip".

In a rare move, the Israeli military threatened to carry out airstrikes in Syria against Syrian and Iranian targets in response.

He added the group "will be committed to the deal as long as Israel is committed to".

The Gaza Health Ministry said more than 205 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began March 30. Israel said its forces were attacked with grenades and explosive devices hurled by some of the protesters, some of whom breached the border.

Protesters are demanding the right of return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Health officials in Gaza said nine Palestinians were wounded in one of the Israeli strikes and a hospital was badly damaged.

One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the border in the same period.

Israel has called for a cessation to all violence, including both the clashes on the border and the daily arson attacks that have burned large swaths of land in the south, in exchange for certain economic incentives and an easing of the blockade around the coastal enclave, which is imposed by Israel to prevent Hamas importing weapons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare visit to Oman on Friday.



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