Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up: Palestinian officials

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

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

Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning.

The strike hit a building that Palestinians say housed a cultural centre and other offices in the middle of the city, an AFP correspondent said.

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.

After two days that saw the worst exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war, a fragile truce prevailed Friday in Gaza, with no rocket attacks or airstrikes since an apparent ceasefire went into effect at midnight.

Israel just launched multiple airstrikes destroying al-Meshal Cultural center in Gaza - a public area that hosts cultural festivals and art events.

IDF jets demolished a five-story building in Gaza City used by Hamas' internal security apparatus, a military spokesman said Thursday evening.

Gaza militants had at around noon halted fire after targeting Israel with some 180 rockets and mortars beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Angry that major media outlets are highlighting the fact that its latest wave of bombings killed a pregnant woman and her young child, the Israeli government has begun openly pressuring news outlets that dare to report its war crimes accurately. Local health officials said 18 bystanders were wounded by the blast. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.

"Alarms have once again shattered the hope of the children of southern Israel for a quiet summer vacation - no country would tolerate such a situation", Danon said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet said in a statement late Thursday that it had directed the Israeli military "to continue taking strong action" against militants in Gaza.

Violence has boiled over several times in recent months, but residents of both Gaza and nearby Israeli communities said the overnight fighting reached a new level of ferocity.

A picture taken on August 9, 2018, shows people inspecting the rubble of a building targeted by the Israeli Air Force in response to a rocket attack that hit southern Israel earlier in the day on August 9, 2018.

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In southern Israel, two Thai laborers were among the seven wounded by rocket fire, and rockets damaged buildings in the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon.

For more than a decade Gaza has been controlled by Hamas under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has collapsed its economy, creating what the World Bank has described as a humanitarian crisis with shortages of water, electricity and medicine.

"Bayan was sleeping with her mother and father".

Kamal Khamash, brother-in-law of the killed woman, said the family was asleep when the projectile hit the house.

The global media will highlight the fact that Israelis can flee while the Palestinians in Gaza remained under fire. The military said it intercepted some 25 rockets, while most of the others landed in open areas.

A surge in cross border rocket and air strikes in recent weeks have prompted the United Nations and Egypt to try to broker a truce to prevent another one.

U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the global community to "immediately and urgently intervene".

Protests and clashes along the Gaza border began on March 30 and peaked with the May 14 move of the US Embassy for Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem.

The BBC changed its "Israeli airstrikes kill a woman and a baby" headline to fit the occupation agenda after complaints by the Israeli Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs Emmanuel Nahshon.

Nofal claimed that this is one of the reasons why "the Palestinian people have emerged victorious in all battles".

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