Hamas says ceasefire agreed to with Israel after significant exchange

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"An agreement was reached to return to the [2014] ceasefire understandings in the Gaza Strip", Hamas' deputy chief in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya said. It accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of protests and using civilian demonstrators as human shields. Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in the exchange of fire. There were no reports of Palestinian casualties in the Israeli strikes.

The trio added: "When RSY-Netzer discovered that most of those killed in Gaza were claimed as Hamas operatives, they acknowledged that had they known, they would not have shared this on Facebook".

Three members of Islamic Jihad were killed in an Israeli strike on Sunday, and the group vowed revenge.

The Israeli military said the boat was intercepted without incident, was taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod and the 17 people aboard would be sent back to Gaza.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar at the time, told Al Jazeera that the militant group "assured our Egyptian brothers" that there will not be "a military confrontation with Israel".

The United States called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the attack on Israel.

Kuwait, a non-permanent council member that represents Arab countries, circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution calling "for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population" in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip.

Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlements and military presence from Gaza in 2005. Some were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor system and others landed in empty lots and farmland.

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Israel responded to the cross-border attacks by targeting 65 terror sites, including rocket and munitions factories, military compounds and a terror tunnel.

An Israeli official said today that "the IDF gave a significant blow tonight", and warned Hamas of the price the organization will pay if the fire is renewed.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups said they were not interested in escalating the situation but that "you must be stupid to think that we won't retaliate", according to Palestinian media.

"The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for any upcoming escalation".

But the protests appear to be fueled primarily by a desire to ease the blockade.

Egypt intervened on Tuesday to defuse tension after Israel launched the most devastating attacks on Gaza since the bloody conflict in 2014.

Hamas initially billed the weekly border protests as a call to break through the fence and return to homes that were lost 70 years ago during the war surrounding Israel's establishment.

The border area has been tense in recent weeks as Palestinians held mass protests aimed at lifting an Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in 2007.

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