Israeli army strikes Hamas targets in response to rockets from Gaza

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering a speech at the Israel Museum Tuesday

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering a speech at the Israel Museum Tuesday

Israeli occupation forces regularly strike sites in the besieged Gaza Strip claiming they target resistance sites, however, thousands of Palestinians have been left homeless as a result.

Meanwhile, a young Palestinian man has died less than a day after being shot by Israeli military forces during clashes between a group of Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories.

The army said the targets included military and weapons manufacturing facilities through the Strip, a factory in Khan Younis producing cement used in subterranean tunnels and a four-story building in Gaza City headquartering Hamas security services.

The sudden burst of fighting has complicated the mission of Egyptian mediators, who have been trying to achieve calm and prevent a full-blown conflict between the militant Hamas group and Israel.

"After contacts between the Islamic Jihad leadership and the brothers in Egypt it was agreed that a comprehensive ceasefire will begin immediately", spokesperson Daoud Shehab said.

A few hours after Islamic Jihad announced the ceasefire, the Eshkol Regional Council lifted orders that residents must remain in close proximity to bomb shelters.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said that 34 rockets had been fired at Israel throughout the night.

Egyptian security officials have been talking separately to Israeli and Palestinian leaders in an attempt to restore calm along the border.

In a rare move, the Israeli military threatened to carry out airstrikes in Syria against Syrian and Iranian targets in response.

The air raids damaged Indonesian-built hospital in northern Gaza, reports said.

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently dismissed the importance of such a truce, commenting earlier in the week, "I do not believe in any arrangement with Hamas".

The rocket attacks followed the death of four Palestinians participating in a protest along Gaza's perimeter fence with Israel.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed and at least 10,000 wounded by Israeli forces since the beginning of the Great March of Return on 30 March.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the large protests as cover to stage border infiltrations and attacks.

Palestinians have been protesting along the frontier since March 30, demanding an end to an Israeli blockade and the right to return to lands from which they fled or were driven when Israel was founded in 1948.

About two million Palestinians are packed into the Gaza Strip, which is in a deep economic crisis.

Israel rarely acknowledges it has reached a truce with Gaza's militant groups, which it designates as terrorist organisations.

Israel and some Gulf states share an interest in curbing Iran's influence in the region.

US President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt is slated to visit Israel in the coming week, notwithstanding the lack of a firm release date for the president's "deal of the century" peace plan.

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