Gaza's Hamas Rulers Say a Cease-Fire Has Been Reached With Israel

An Israeli soldier pulls an injured Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank town of Birzeit near Ramallah

"Israel will make (Hamas) pay for all fire against Israel".

"An agreement was reached to return to the [2014] ceasefire understandings in the Gaza Strip", Hamas' deputy chief in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya said.

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. "The resistance factions will abide by it as long as the occupation does the same", he added, using the Palestinian term for Israel.

Israel had said on Tuesday it hit more than 35 targets in the Palestinian enclave after a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Hamas, that runs the Gaza, and Islamic Jihad.

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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.

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

The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the firing, saying it was in response to Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinians since March 30, majority in Gaza border protests. Israeli officials signaled they aren't looking for escalation, but warned that continued firing from Gaza could lead to a harsher Israeli response.

Daoud Shehab, an Islamic Jihad spokesman, said Egyptian officials had been in contact with the group to try to restore calm.

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Most of the rockets and mortars were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system.

It was the worst flareup since the 2014 war between Israel in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv said about 70 rockets and mortars had been fired at Israel throughout the day.

"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.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett denied the truce and said that the government had not "reached an agreement with Hamas, not even an informal agreement".

One of the first places hit was a kindergarten near the Gaza border. An Islamic Jihad spokesman said "the blood of our people is not cheap".

Among those associated with RSY-Netzer to attend was Nina Morris-Evans, who said: "By Jewishly mourning the lives lost, we were not condoning terrorism, Hamas or violence of any form".

Media reports said Palestinians had agreed on a ceasefire.

The furore began after IDF soldiers shot and killed 62 protesters on Monday, and injured more than 2,000.

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