Palestinians Say Israel and Hamas Reach Cease-fire; Israel Denies

Following an escalation in hostilities between Israel and Gaza beginning on Wednesday, a foreign diplomat told Haaretz that Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire. According to the diplomat, the cease-fire is not part of a wider agreement being negotiated between the two parties.

Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV channel reported that the cease-fire had taken hold "on the basis of mutual calm." An Egyptian source told Haaretz that the cease-fire took effect at 11 P.M., while Reuters reported that a Palestinian official with knowledge of the talks said the cease-fire would begin at 11:45 P.M. local time. 

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An Israeli official, however, denied all reports of such an agreement being reached. The conflicting reports came shortly after Israeli security officials said the chances of a full-fledged military operation in the Gaza Strip have decreased. 

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– IDF footage showing destruction of Gaza building, August 9, 2018

IDF strikes in Gaza overnight – דלג

IDF strikes in Gaza overnightHaaretz

Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that three Palestinians were killed by the Israeli attacks, including a pregnant woman, 23, her 18-month-old toddler and a man, who was identified as 30-year-old Ali Alrandur. He is the son of one of the commanders of Hamas’ armed wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam. Six other people were wounded by the strikes.

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– A video of a house in Gaza hit by an Israeli strike which killed a pregnant mother and toddler. The house belonged to a family connected to Hamas.

#شاهد منزل عائلة خماش الذي تعرض لقصف الاحتلال الليلة الماضية، وأدى لاستشهاد المواطنة إيناس خماش وهي حامل (23 عاما)، وطفلتها بيان (عام ونصف) وإصابة زوجها بجراح متوسطة في منطقة الجعفراوي وسط القطاع pic.twitter.com/YGCFAoLPXT

— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) August 9, 2018

The house in Gaza hit by an Israeli strike which killed a pregnant woman and toddler.

Hours after the rocket hit Be’er Sheva, the IDF renewed its attacks on Gaza, destroying a building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northwestern Gaza. The strikes wounded 18 Palestinians, reports in Gaza said. According to the IDF, the five-story building was used by Hamas’s internal security forces.

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– Damage is seen in the southern Israeli city of Sderot after a rocket attack from Gaza