Israel and Hamas Reach Cease-fireCOLlive

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The Palestinian dead included a commander for Hamas's armed wing who Israel said it targeted due to his role in transferring money from Iran to militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

Early on Monday, Palestinian militants said that they had agreed a ceasefire with Israel, after a weekend of heightened hostilities which killed at least four Israelis and 25 Palestinians.

Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa today strongly condemned the action of the Zionist regime of Israel which launched a barrage of air and land strikes in Gaza last Friday.

Islamic Jihad accused Israel of delaying implementation of previous understandings brokered by Egypt in an effort to end violence and ease blockaded Gaza's economic hardship.

Former chief of staff of the Israeli military Benny Gantz, the current leader of the centrist Blue and White party, said Israel's military has lost its ability to deter Hamas from acting, criticizing the current government by calling the recent round a surrender to Hamas' blackmail. Students in Gaza would also be headed back to class, according to reports on Palestinian media. "That, in turn, led to an onslaught of mortar and rocket fire from within Gaza, unraveling the tenuous calm".

The escalation began Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, and continued throughout Sunday. Israeli intelligence says a misfired Palestinian rocket killed them.

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Parliament member Gideon Sa'ar, a political rival of Netanyahu, said the terms of the agreement hold little to no benefit for Israel and will not deter future violence.

The army said its tanks and planes hit some 350 militant targets in Gaza in response.

In Gaza, the economy has been ravaged by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, years of fighting with Israel and Hamas's isolation and mismanagement. On the Gazan side, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is set to begin.

"They were a gross and blatant violation of global law, and the Israeli actions to neutralize rocket launchers and prevent further attacks are entirely justified", Hoyer said in a statement. Israel observes Memorial Day and Independence Day this week, and next week Tel Aviv will play host to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Egypt and the United Nations, who have served as brokers in the past, had been trying to mediate a truce. They took to Twitter to over the weekend not to condemn Hamas or praise Israel, but rather to advocate for the "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza.

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