Hamas says groups agree to Gaza ceasefire if Israel reciprocates

Hamas says groups agree to Gaza ceasefire if Israel reciprocates

Hamas political bureau official Khalil al-Haya stated today that the Palestinian factions would be committed to the ceasefire as long as Israel was in compliance as well.

Israel's military said it was not seeking an escalation, but warned Hamas.

Meanwhile, Israel denies reports of ceasefire agreement with Palestinian factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

"This is another wave of attacks by the IDF against the terrorist targets of the Hamas terrorist organization, which bears responsibility for all events in and from the Gaza Strip, as well as the severe attacks against Israeli citizens", said the IDF Spokesperson in a statement.

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"It comes in response to Zionist aggression and crimes against our people and our resistance fighters.in addition to war crimes conducted by the enemy every day against our people during the marches of return along the border of Gaza Strip".

Islamic Jihad announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel. Israeli soldiers have killed more than 120 Palestinians since March 30, most at protests dramatizing the Palestinian demand to reclaim land lost in the fighting surrounding Israel's 1948 creation.

The Islamic Jihad attack on southern Israel came less than a day after Israel and Russian Federation reportedly reached understandings on the presence of Iranian-backed forces on the Golan Heights near the Israeli border.

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The high Palestinian death toll in the border protests has drawn strong global criticism of Israel, with rights groups saying Israel's use of live fire is illegal because in many cases it has struck unarmed protesters who did not pose an imminent threat to Israeli soldiers. He said Islamic Jihad did not want the violence to escalate and blamed Israel for the flare-up. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have claimed Tuesday's attacks, while the worldwide community has called on the groups to cease firing projectiles immediately.

Shortly after he spoke, Israel's military began carrying out air strikes in Gaza. Explosions shook the Palestinian enclave and smoke rose from the sites hit.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), said the most extensive strikes from Gaza since the 2014 war also drew "the largest IDF retaliatory attack" since that conflict.

Most believe this round of violence may be at an end.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

A growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza has pushed its residents to start protesting the untenable situation.

On May 10, Iran attacked Israel directly by launching 32 missiles at northern Israel, triggering a massive response in Israel which destroyed more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria.

An Israeli official who declined to be named said, "The report about a ceasefire is incorrect".

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