Israel Signals Cease-Fire with Gaza After Weekend of Horror
May 08 2019
"The moment that tunnel crossed into Israel we took the opportunity to strike and dismantle that tunnel, sending a clear message to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and to other terrorists in Gaza that we are aware of their activities and we have the ability to locate and destroy these offensive terrorist infrastructures", said Conricus. But no official confirmation of such a ceasefiredeal has come from Israel or its military.
Still, Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh said late Sunday that the militant group was "not interested in a new war", and the start on Monday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely lessened motivation for battle.
"650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded".
The Palestinian resistance in Gaza targeted with a guided missile on Sunday an Israeli armored personnel carrier in northern Gaza.
"Over the last two days we struck Hamas and Islamic Jihad with great force". The IDF said it attacked 320 targets belonging to Gaza militant groups.
The Times of Israel reported that shortly after midnight on May 6, terrorist groups threatened more fighting unless Israel succumbs to their demands and acknowledges the understanding reached. "The ceasefire agreement was reached on condition that the occupation implements the previous understandings to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip", he said.
Following the army's statement, the Education Ministry announced schools would be open as usual in the cities and communities where not long ago sirens blared ceaselessly.
Almost 700 rockets bombarded Israel in less than two days, and Israeli aircraft struck about 350 targets, including military compounds and training camps, naval vessels and weapons facilities, the army said.
Israel strongly disputed the claim and said errant Hamas fire was responsible for their deaths.
The recent two-day outbreak of violence killed 25 people in Gaza, both militants and civilians, and four civilians in Israel.
Washington has ended all bilateral United States aid in response to the Palestinians' severing of contacts after it recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017.
Basem Naim, a Hamas official, said that made it a particularly good time to pressure Israel, with its independence day celebrations also held this week.