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16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Gaza ceasefire holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fire

AFP

GAZA CITY: A ceasefire announced by Hamas held yesterday after the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, reducing fears of a wider conflict for now, reports AFP.

Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip, said late Saturday a ceasefire had been reached with the help of Egypt and others, though Israel declined to comment.

The United Nations’ Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov was in Gaza and “working with all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation,” a UN official said on condition of anonymity.

Despite a couple of lower-level exchanges of fire overnight, calm returned to the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning after a day that saw dozens of Israeli air strikes, killing two Palestinians, while some 200 rockets and mortars were fired from the enclave into Israel.

Four Israelis were wounded when a rocket hit a house in the city of Sderot near the Gaza Strip, authorities said.

The two Palestinians killed were aged 15 and 16, caught in an Israeli strike on a building in the west of Gaza City, the enclave’s health ministry said.

Twenty-five people were wounded across Gaza, the ministry said. A Palestinian man and his son were also killed in an explosion on Sunday in Gaza City, but police said it was not the result of Israeli fire.

Hamas said it fired at Israel in defence in response to air strikes, which came after a soldier was wounded by a grenade along the Gaza border.

 

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