Gaza's Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

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It said other targets included "sheds of drones", a rocket manufacturing workshop, naval weaponry, military and training facilities and a munitions manufacturing site. A large number of projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, while sirens continue to disturb Israeli settlements bordering the Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities have also reported two instances of heavy machine gun fire toward southern towns from Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel gave Palestinian militant groups in Gaza "the strongest blow dealt to them in years", and warned against renewed rocket fire.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab, acknowledging a ceasefire was in effect, said its success would depend on "whether Israel will refrain from any military escalation against Gaza".

On Tuesday, Hamas' Qassam Brigades and the Islamic Jihad's Saraya al-Quds claimed joint responsibility for the rockets and mortars fired at Israel, said Mladenov.

Running out of options and rejecting calls to disarm, Hamas has led a series of weekly mass protests along the Israeli border during the past two months to draw attention to Gaza's poor conditions and pressure Israel to ease the blockade. Three wars with Israel have brought widespread destruction, and the Islamic militant group has no close global allies to bail it out.

She said this "proves what we have consistently maintained - namely, that Hamas' stated objective is the destruction of Israel". Over 110 Palestinians, many of them unarmed protesters, have been killed by Israeli fire in that time.

"The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians", USA ambassador Nikki Haley said.

On Tuesday, Israeli media outlets reported that Egypt had brokered the agreement following the firing of at least 50 rockets and mortar shells from Gaza into Israel that day.

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The boat carried activists, students and patients in need of medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip.

Smoke was seen rising near the town of Deir al-Balah in the coastal strip, and the Israeli military said the explosions there were related to its activity.

Yousef called on the governments of the free world and humanitarian and human rights organisations, as well as all global institutions to continue to pressure the occupation to lift the illegal and immoral siege imposed on two million people in Gaza, posing a blatant violation of all worldwide charters related to human rights.

Organizers of the Palestinian border protests launched a boat from Gaza on Tuesday in a challenge to Israel's maritime blockade of the enclave.

He said groups in Gaza would commit to the ceasefire as long as Israel does.

Israel says Hamas is responsible for the bloodshed, and accuses the group of using the demonstrations as a cover for attacks.

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

"They know it better than most people who are not familiar with the infrastructure of Hamas and Islamic Jihad", he said, adding, "We are going back to where we were". Israeli forces have killed more than 100 people in those protests, including 60 in one day on May 14.

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