Qatar to send $480m to West Bank, Gaza after truce with Israel

08 May, 2019, 11:43 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • The escalation in violence has claimed more lives including those of two infants

Gaza's residents survey the damage after a weekend of Israeli strikes, which left dozens dead.

Since the end of the 2014 Gaza war (known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge), Israelis have come to rely on the Iron Dome defense system to provide near ideal cover from rockets and missiles. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border.

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.

The first reports of a possible ceasefire mediated by Egypt and the United Nations came out shortly before midnight which was supposed to take effect immediately. A spokesman for the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment on the reports but the Israeli military said that protective restrictions for civilians in southern Israel were being lifted as rocket fire had ceased.

Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip fire rockets toward Israel on May 5, 2019.

The deal is believed to include a number of economic aid and development programmes in Gaza, including providing additional electricity and creating temporary jobs in a territory where unemployment has risen to more than 50%.

Almost 700 rockets bombarded Israel in less than two days, and Israeli aircraft struck about 350 targets, including military compounds and training camps, naval vessels and weapons facilities, the army said.

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The Islamic Jihad - the militant group Israel accused of instigating the latest violence - confirmed that a "mutual and concurrent" truce had been brokered by Egypt. Israel said its strikes were in response to Hamas and Islamic Jihad firing some 690 rockets or mortars across the border since Saturday, with Israeli air defences intercepting more than 240 of them.

"The ceasefire understanding will begin Monday 04:30", a Palestinian official familiar with the agreement said, according to Reuters.

On Monday morning, the Israeli army said that schools in Israel could operate as normal.

"Hamas and the PIJ are operating together...they have fired massive amounts of rockets at different Israeli cities", said IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus.

The ministry said among those killed on Sunday were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby. Israel said one of the buildings included Hamas military intelligence and security offices. On Sunday night a rocket hit a house in Ashkelon killing a 58 year.old man He was the first such Israeli civilian fatality since the 2014.

Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007 which critics say amounts to collective punishment of the impoverished enclave's two million residents.

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