Israeli army: Warplanes target 200 sites as Gaza fires over 400 rockets

12:00 May 5 2019 Gaza and southern Israel

Israeli army: Warplanes target 200 sites as Gaza fires over 400 rockets Israeli army: Warplanes target 200 sites as Gaza fires over 400 rockets
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Remains of a building in Gaza City after it was hit during Israeli air strikes, Gaza Strip, May 5, 2019. Credit: AFP Published by Haaretz

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- MAY 5, 2019 11:47 A.M. (UPDATED: MAY 5, 2019 1:48 P.M.)

Israeli warplanes targeted 200 sites, including Hamas movement military sites, underground tunnels, and weapon manufacturing facilities, across the besieged Gaza Strip since Saturday, according to the Israeli army on Sunday.

The Israeli army said in a statement that starting from 10:30 p.m. on Saturday up until 10 a.m. on Sunday, about 180 rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel, and since tensions increased on Friday, a total of 430 rockets were fired from Gaza.

The statement confirmed that more than 100 Gazan rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

In addition, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that a 14-month-old Palestinian toddler along with her pregnant mother were killed shortly after Israeli warplanes fired missiles towards their home in Gaza City.

The escalation came after Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians in the 57th “The Great March of Return” Friday protests, during which thousands of Palestinians take to the borders to peacefully protest the 12-year Israeli siege.

Palestinian Report: Hamas and Israel Reached Cease-fire Agreement
Palestinian official says an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire agreement began Monday 4:30 A.M

. ■ Over 600 rockets launched from Gaza and four Israelis killed in two days of hostilities ■ Israel strikes hundreds of targets in Strip, 23 Palestinians reported dead ■ Israel kills Hamas moneyman in first targeted hit since 2014

May 06, 2019 4:34 AM

by Almog Ben Zikri, Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich, Noa Landau, Josh Breiner and Reuters Published by Haaretz

Palestinian officials said an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached with Israel on Monday to end the recent surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel.

"The ceasefire understanding will begin Monday 4:30 A.M." a Palestinian official familiar with the agreement told Reuters.

A second Palestinian official confirmed that a deal was reached, as well a TV station belonging to Hamas.

In two days of fighting, more than 600 rockets were launched at Israel, while the Israeli army struck hundreds of targets in the Strip.

Four Israelis were killed and four were wounded as rockets fell on the south of Israel. 23 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two infants, were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

A Hamas political source has told Haaretz that the group decided to take serious steps against Israel due to the fact that the Israeli government has been slow in implementing understandings reached between the two parties.

7 A.M. Israeli army says safety restrictions imposed communities in the south are removed

4:35 A.M. Palestinian official and Hamas TV station say cease-fire agreement reached with Israel

According to Gaza's news agency, Israel will be obligated to implement previous understandings reached between the two parties. The cease-fire will be mutual and both parties commit to its keeping.

The fishing zone for Gazans will be re-established at 12 nautical miles and humanitarian organizations will be allowed to provide aid to Gazan families affected by recent Israeli strikes, the news agency reported.

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The Palestinian death toll since Saturday stands at 23, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which reports that another Palestinian, a 34-year-old man, has died from an Israeli strike.

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