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Hamas announced a ceasefire with Israel

30 May 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Fatah faction that is dominant in the occupied West Bank and is a bitter rival of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said Israel had used "vigorous aggression" against Gaza that proved it did not want peace.

After a day and a half of shelling, Israelis returned to their routines and children went back to school following the heaviest rocket attacks since the end of the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Following dozens of rocket and mortar launches at Israel throughout Tuesday and overnight, and Israeli tank and air strikes in Gaza, there were no reports of violence more than two hours after the announcement of a truce by Hamas.

"Israel will make (Hamas) pay for all fire against Israel". No Palestinian casualties were reported.

Indonesia strongly condemned Israel's brutal actions against Palestinians during recent border protests held to mark 70 years since the Nakba, when almost one million Palestinians were forced out of their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

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The attacks on southern Israel were, in fact, another Iranian attempt to spark a new war on the southern border after the failed attempts to invade Israel from Gaza over the past seven weeks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but there was speculation the mortars were fired by Islamic Jihad in revenge for a recent incident that left three of its members dead.

"All factions, including Hamas and Jihad, are committed to understandings for calm", Jihad spokesman Dawoud Shihab told AFP. Some were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor system and others landed in empty lots and farmland.

"Qassam and Jerusalem Brigades announce joint responsibility for bombarding [Israel's] military installations and settlements near Gaza with dozens of rocket shells throughout the day", they said in a joint statement.

Hamas now claims it is requesting a ceasefire, however rockets were still being fired this morning into Israel. The media must cease its mendacious coverage blaming Israel for Gaza violence, which rewards Hamas for its barbaric tactics.

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Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief military spokesman, threatened tougher action and said it was up to Hamas to stop the situation from escalating.

One exploded in the yard of a kindergarten, damaging its walls and scattering the playground with debris and shrapnel, about an hour before it was scheduled to open for the day.

Tuesday's exchange of fire came after weeks of deadly unrest along the fence between Israel and the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

Palestinians and their supporters said most of the protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel was using excessive force against them.

Egypt was said to have performed a significant role in stopping violence in Gaza from sliding into full-blown military conflagration during the last escalation on the border.

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At least 121 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the unrest.

Hamas announced a ceasefire with Israel