Hamas says ceasefire agreed to with Israel after significant exchange

30 May, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting

Hamas agreed to accept a unilateral cease-fire after talks with Egypt, despite the fact the Israel was not party to the talks.

"The situation today remains stable but it depends entirely on what Hamas will try to do", said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Cornricus.

Both Hamas and the pro-Iran Islamic Jihad said they fired their salvoes in response to Israel's killing of at least 116 Palestinians since March 30 in Gaza border protests.

For his part, however, Energy Minster Yuval Steinitz told Kan Reshet Bet Radio on Wednesday morning that he believes understandings have been reached with Hamas, but Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told the same station that there are no such understandings and no cease-fire.

The United States has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the latest attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, the US mission to the United Nations said Tuesday.

Hamas did not launch long-range rockets at Israel's heartland, even as salvoes from Gaza interrupted daily life in small Israeli border communities. Also on Monday, machine-gun fire from Gaza hit buildings in the Israeli city of Sderot.

Separately in the morning, Palestinians launched boats from Gaza to protest Israel's blockade in what they said would be a peaceful demonstration.

"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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Reform Judaism has distanced itself from young Jews connected to its youth movement who said the Jewish prayer for the dead for 62 Palestinians killed at the Gaza border two weeks ago.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad also started to evacuate military bases and installations across Gaza in anticipation of the Israeli retaliation. The majority of the Palestinians killed were shot by Israeli snipers after the protesters approached the Gaza border fence.

The spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, said that the Israeli government was trying to reverse Indonesia's decision, the website reported.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend its borders and accuses Hamas of encouraging thousands of Palestinians to break through the border and attack Israelis. Seventy-two people were killed on the Israeli side. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Security Council "should be outraged and respond."

"Indiscriminate attacks against civilians are completely unacceptable under any circumstances", she said.

Kuwait, a non-permanent council member that represents Arab countries, said that it was blocking the statement to allow for consideration of a draft resolution it has put forward on the protection of Palestinian civilians.

Hamas has vowed to continue the border rallies.

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