Hamas, Islamic Jihad in ceasefire with Israel in Gaza Strip

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

"There are three factors occurring that we view seriously and can not allow to continue", he said, adding that this was the largest daytime Israeli strike on Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War.

Since the protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30, at least 141 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

An Israeli soldier was also moderately wounded when a grenade was thrown at him from the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

Shortly after, more than a dozen rockets were fired toward Israel, according to the Associated Press, with no reports of casualties on either side.

The Palestinian teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were killed when an Israeli strike hit a building they were near in the west of Gaza City, the enclave's health ministry said. It said a tunnel was dug under the building.

The border protests peaked on May 14, when the United States moved its Israel embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem, but have continued at a lower level since then.

Egypt is now engaging in diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire but that possibility remains uncertain.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a harsh warning to Hamas earlier on Saturday before the ceasefire was announced after meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the IDF chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

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Striking in the heart of Gaza City is typically only seen during full-blown conflicts like the war of 2014 and could mark a sign that violence is escalating.

Hamas on Saturday said the barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory overnight was sacked by the "resistance" to "stop Israeli escalation".

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest.

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.

Hamas does not recognise Israel's right to exist but previous year said it was ready to accept an interim Palestinian state limited to Gaza and the West Bank.

The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has led border protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. "The IDF hit Hamas with the harshest blow since Operation Protective Edge and we will intensify our reaction as much as necessary".

The army earlier on Saturday said it targeted two Hamas attack tunnels as well as other military compounds in the Strip, including those involved in the spate of incendiary kite and balloon attacks.

In this footage, an explosion is visible high above Zikim.

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