On Monday, Israel started air strikes on the Palestinian of Gaza and posted extra troops to the border, in reply to the longest-range Hamas rocket offensive to cause casualties in years.
After a day of fierce cross-border scrimmage, Palestinian officials stated that Egypt had orchestrated a truce, although the frontier did not remain peaceful for long. In southern Israel, rocket sirens sounded after the late-night ceasefire was presumed to take effect, sending residents searching for shelter. In Gaza, Palestinians reported Israeli planes hit at least two targets.
Hamas, the Islamist militant group that governs Gaza and smaller Palestinian groups made a statement that Egypt had orchestrated a truce even as the rockets were fired. Israeli officials did not mention on whether a truce had been finalized.
Monday’s violence started when seven Israelis were injured near Tel Aviv by a morning rocket onslaught. The Gaza health ministry stated that five Palestinians were later injured in a wave of revenge strikes.
Dozens of explosions rocked the coastal territory and ambulance sirens sounded in the mostly empty streets. In one Gaza neighborhood, people rushed to buy bread in fear of a long uprising. The office of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh was one of the main targets hit, even though he was potentially to have been evicted in advance.
Gaza rebels fired salvo of rockets into Israel late into the night. Some were shot down by Israeli defenses and others landed in empty areas.
The acceleration happen just two weeks before a vote in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are contending for his political life after a decade in power, lobbying on a tough line against Palestinian militants.
Netanyahu cut short his visit to the United States, stating that he would fly home right after meeting President Donald Trump.