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Live: Deadly Gaza violence

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Live: Deadly Gaza violence
Israel and Palestinian factions continue to bombard each other, with casualties rising
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Twenty-seven Palestinians killed since Friday, including babies and pregnant mothers
Four Israelis killed by rocket fire

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Ceasefire appears to be holding
4 months ago

Though the Israelis haven't confirmed it, it does indeed appear that a ceasefire has been agreed and is holding.

After a weekend of brutal violence, which saw at least 23 Palestinians and four Israelis killed, the skies are calm on Monday.

You can read all about the calm prevailing in Gaza and southern Israel here:

Gaza ceasefire holding following bloody weekend

A Palestinian sits on the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza (MEE/Mohammed al-Hajjar)
A Palestinian sits on the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza (MEE/Mohammed al-Hajjar)
Nineteen killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday's escalation, officials say
4 months ago

Nineteen Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, and four people in Israel, Palestinian and Israeli authorities said.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said among the 19 Palestinians killed were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby amid the most serious escalation since a 2014 war. Since Friday, 27 Palestinians have died.

Palestinians carry wounded boy outside hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Sunday night (AFP)
Palestinians carry wounded boy outside hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Sunday night (AFP)

The Israeli military declined to comment, AFP said.

On the Israeli side, four people were killed as Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired barrages of rockets and at least one anti-tank missile from the enclave, Israeli authorities said.

Three of the dead were identified as Israeli citizens, with the nationality of the fourth not revealed.

Rocket fire and Israeli strikes continued into Sunday evening.

Hamas’s Haniya says Israel must cease fire, implement agreements
4 months ago

Ismail Haniya, the political director of Hamas, said late Sunday that Israel bore the responsibility to “calm” the current military conflict between the two, the New York Times reported.

Ismail Haniya, political director of Hamas, says Israel must decide (AFP/file photo)
Ismail Haniya, political director of Hamas, says Israel must decide (AFP/file photo)

Haniya said “returning to the state of calm is possible and depends on the occupation’s commitment to a complete cease-fire” and on the “immediate start of implementing the understandings” the sides had reached earlier with Egypt’s help after Hamas agreed to restrain protests along its frontier.

Still, he threatened to escalate if Israel did not comply, and more Israeli alerts of incoming rockets soon followed.

Israel said Gazans had launched 600 projectiles in two days, firing hundreds of rockets that had been hidden away in arsenals.

Gaza conflict may threaten Israel holidays, Eurovision Song Contest
4 months ago

The timing of Israel’s current conflict with Gaza could have been better, the New York Times noted on Sunday.

Israel celebrates Memorial Day and Independence Day this week, and international singers from 41 countries are soon arriving to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest on 14-18 May.

Eurovision 2019 will be the 64th edition and is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song Toy, performed by Netta Barzilai.

Eurovision 2018 was watched by 186 million viewers worldwide.

UN, Qatar and Egypt offer Israel ceasefire proposal: Report
4 months ago

The United Nations, Qatar and Egypt have offered Israel a proposal for a ceasefire, diplomatic sources told Haaretz late Sunday.

Still, the Israeli army had said that it expected the flare-up to continue into the coming days, as schools were canceled across the south of the country.

A spokesman for the Islamic Jihad faction in Gaza told Haaretz earlier on Sunday that there were no talks or negotiations towards ending the current round of hostilities.

Iran blasts Israel's 'savage' attack on Gaza, blames US support
4 months ago

Iran's Foreign Ministry denounced what it called Israel's "savage" attack on Gaza, blaming "unlimited US support" for Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday that Iran strongly condemned the Zionist regime's savage attack ... which martyred and wounded dozens of Palestinians, including women and children," Fars reported.

Palestinians carry the body of a man killed by Israeli air strikes from a building in Gaza on Sunday (AFP)
Palestinians carry the body of a man killed by Israeli air strikes from a building in Gaza on Sunday (AFP)

"Due to unlimited American support for this regime and the embarrassing silence of some Islamic governments, there is no end to Zionist crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories," Mousavi was quoted by Reuters as saying, referring to the surging cross-border fighting.