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It had seemed that Israel was set for a major escalation but on Monday morning Israel's Home Front Command lifted all restrictions for civilians in the south.

The Islamic Jihad militant group, which Israel accused of instigating the latest violence, confirmed that a "mutual and concurrent" truce had been brokered by Egypt. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Egyptian mediators, along with officials from Qatar and the United Nations, helped reach the deal.

"The IDF is ready, prepared and equipped to continue to fight against Hamas, ultimately to defend Israeli civilians against rockets fired from Gaza at Israel." .

Gaza's residents survey the damage after a weekend of Israeli strikes, which left dozens dead.

At least 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed. Four Israeli civilians were killed. Its leaders are terrorists who have attacked Israelis and Egyptians.

Israel celebrates its Independence Day this week and hosts the Eurovision song contest on 14-18 May. The flow of funds was made all the more urgent by the advent of the Muslim fasting month, Ramadan, which began on Monday.

Hostilities appear to have ceased, amid reports that a ceasefire deal was agreed between Israel and Hamas through intermediaries in Cairo.

Despite ceasefire reports, Israeli authorities have chose to keep schools in southern Israel-within a 40-kilometer (25-mile) radius of Gaza-closed for the day, according to the Times of Israel.

Israel sees the payments to those who have carried out attacks against Israelis as encouraging further violence. Last night he said: "The campaign is not over and it demands patience and good judgment". The upper two floors of the five-story structure in the Sheikh Zayed residential complex was hit by an Israeli airstrike and four Palestinians - a 12-year-old boy, an infant and her parents - were killed. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs noted that "hundreds of rockets fell within Gaza itself and killed or wounded untold numbers of Gazan residents".

Rockets are fired from Gaza towards Isreal, in Gaza City, May 5, 2019.

Israeli military officials announced on Sunday that it launched air strikes to respond to an alleged "Hamas cyber offensive against Israeli targets".

"The state of Qatar has allocated $300 million in the form of grants and loans to support the health and education sectors' budgets with the Palestinian Authority", the official Qatar News Agency said. "As the siege becomes stronger and the economic situation gets worse we don't feel we have any other choice except to put pressure on Israel this way", he said.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007, after the Hamas movement took control of the Palestinian coastal territory. Israel's army had no comment. One man died when a rocket directly hit his house and another was killed when a factory was bombed.

"I can assure you the day Hamas will be exterminated in Gaza, you will have a celebration in Gaza", said Danon.


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