Israeli air raids kill two Palestinian teens in Gaza


On Saturday night, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups announced that they had agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, following talks with Egypt and other global bodies.

The groups said Egyptian mediation efforts have succeeded in brokering a ceasefire ending an intense daylong round of cross border violence.

But Netanyahu has also come under pressure to act from southern Israeli communities, who have once again found themselves under rocket fire from Gaza in addition to contending with the daily field fires.

The surge in violence followed mounting public criticism of Netanyahu over failure to counter a new Palestinian tactic: incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza that have burned crops and scrubland in southern Israel.

The Israeli assault targeted dozens of Hamas military facilities and killed two Palestinian teenagers.

The rocket attacks injured four Israeli civilians and hit a home and a synagogue, according to the Times of Israel.

Two Palestinian teenagers have been killed and 10 others injured, according to health officials, as the Israeli military carried out its biggest daytime airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war.

About 17 rockets were fired at Israel, the military said, five of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system.

Israel said around 100 rockets and mortars were fired, mostly mortars.

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Two people were killed in a building explosion in Gaza City on Sunday morning, Palestinian authorities said, hours after a shaky ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Strip went into effect.

Shortly after, Israeli medical officials said three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a house in southern Israel.

"We are not in a (military) operation".

Sirens wailed overnight and throughout most of the day Saturday in southern Israel as waves of rockets and mortars were launched from Gaza amid the airstrikes.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the protests.

Later the IDF said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the clashes at the border.

Israel and Egypt said the blockade was a necessary security measure against militants.

In retaliation, Israel on Monday announced the closure of Gaza's main commercial border terminal, reduced the area Palestinian fishing boats are allowed to operate off Gaza's Mediterranean coast and blacklisted what it described as a pro-Hamas TV channel. There have been no Israeli fatalities during the so-called "Great March of Return" demonstrations.

The spokesman for the terrorist group, Fawzi Barhoum, also said the projectiles were an "immediate response" that was meant to "deliver the message" to Israel.