The Hamas terror group told Wednesday that it has reached a cease-fire arrangements with Israel, after the Jewish country carried out air strikes in retaliation for rocket fire attacks from Gaza.
But Israeli officials deny the Hamas claim.
Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, claims Egyptian mediators intervened “after the resistance succeeded in warding off the aggression.” He said militants in Gaza will commit to the cease-fire if Israel does as well.
But Israeli Cabinet pastor Naftali Bennett told Israel’s Army Radio that no cease-fire arrangement has yet been reached.
The Israeli military bombed numerous activist sites in Gaza overnight after Palestinian militants shot dozens of mortar shells toward Israel on Tuesday morning, with several of them hitting Southern Israel, including a kindergarten build that was empty at the time.
Israel said its strikes Wednesday made drone storage facilities, military compounds, and rocket and munition workshops across the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians have intensified the conflict in recent months after holding multiple, often violent, protests near the border between Israel and Gaza, inspiring clashes between the Israeli Defense Force and Palestinians.
The protests peaked May 14, the same day the U.S. opened its embassy in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, when more than 60 people died in a Hamas-organized action to breach the Israeli border and return to homes that were lost 70 years ago during the war that established Israel.
Israel and Hamas have been exchanging rocket fire ever since the terror group seized the control of Gaza in 2007. The last war, in 2014, was particularly deadly, with more than 2,000 Palestinians succumbing, including hundreds of civilians.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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