2 dead, dozen injured as Israelis, Palestinians trade airstrikes, rockets


Late Saturday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza announced that they had agreed to a cease-fire brokered by Egypt, but sirens warning of incoming rockets still wailed in southern Israel early Sunday and it was unclear if the cease-fire was holding.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters: "Efforts by many parties have continued since the beginning of the escalation and the Israeli bombardment on Gaza".

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Israel's military said Palestinian protesters hurled grenades, explosive devices and fire-bombs toward the Israeli soldiers across the border fence.

Israel's political leadership is considering a range of possibilities for trying to halt the rocket fire, including targeted assassinations of Hamas terror chiefs, the use of ground forces, and a ceasefire mediated by Egypt and/or others, but no decision had been made as of Saturday late afternoon, Hadashot TV news reported.

An Israeli airstrike destroyed a vacant multi-storey building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two teenagers who were passing by, local health officials said, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.

It says the targets belonged to Hamas.

Two Palestinian teenagers have been killed and 10 others injured, according to health officials, as the Israeli military carried out its biggest daytime airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war.

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Several major manufacturers, including carmakers Daihatsu and Mitsubishi, suspended operations at plants in the affected areas. Roads were also damaged and flooded everywhere and many railway sections remain disrupted. "I've lived here for 40 years.

"Allowing Hamas to dictate the terms of the ceasefire after two months of arson attacks and hundreds of rockets on the residents of Gaza border communities is a serious mistake".

"The Israeli armed forces delivered the strongest blow against Hamas since (the 2014 Gaza war) and we will increase the intensity of our attacks as necessary".

The Israeli military said it struck more than 40 targets within several militant compounds belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, in what it described as one of its widest operations since a 2014 Israel-Gaza war. Some were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missiles.

Later the IDF said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the clashes at the border.

Witnesses say Israeli warplanes dropped four bombs on an empty building near a Hamas police and security compound, reducing the old structure to rubble.

A 20-year-old struck by gunfire Friday during the protests in the southern Gaza Strip had also died of his wounds. the ministry said, while a further 220 Palestinians were wounded in protests along the frontier.

Ameer Al-Numra and Lo'ay Kuhail were killed after Israeli snipers killed two other teens Friday near the wire fence.

Following the renewed fighting between Hamas and Israel overnight Saturday, no statements from Israeli officials were given, but the security cabinet is expected to meet Sunday morning to discuss the situation in Gaza.