Truce is declared after latest violence in Gaza

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Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel on August 9, 2018. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, stressing that they were in retaliation for the killing of two of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Israeli warplanes hit struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight. Hundreds of people took part in the funeral for the woman and child.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special envoy who is involved in Egyptian efforts to broker a truce, said in a statement on Thursday that he's "deeply alarmed" by "multiple rockets fired toward communities in southern Israel" the day before.

Smoke plumes rise following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2018. Across the border rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop from sunset on Wednesday in Israeli towns and villages where residents sheltered in bunkers.

After a massive Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning killed a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter, Israel's vicious assault on the occupied Palestinian territory continued throughout the day on Thursday as the nation's air force leveled a major civilian cultural center in Gaza City and slammed more than a 150 other targets.

The escalation of the conflict in the last 24 hours comes as Egypt attempts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Twenty-five miles from the border, air raid sirens rang out in Israel's main southern city Beersheba.

More sirens rang out in southern Israel on Thursday night and there were reports in the Israeli media of at least two rockets landing in open areas.

"Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy", IMEU added, posting a video compilation that captures the living conditions of millions of the almost two million people living in the occupied Gaza Strip. An Egyptian-Palestinian cultural society also has an office in the building. Local health officials said 18 bystanders were wounded outside of the building by the blast. Hamas denied using the facility.

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Israel captured Gaza in a 1967 war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

For more than a decade Gaza has been controlled by Hamas under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has collapsed its economy, creating what the World Bank has described as a humanitarian crisis with shortages of water, electricity and medicine.

There was no immediate Israeli comment.

The second paragraph continues with the obfuscation, reducing the long night of Palestinian attacks that sent Israeli civilians to bomb shelters throughout the night, and Israel's eventual response, as an "exchange".

The Israeli army said they held Hamas "fully responsible" for the escalation in violence, and that it was "determined to secure the safety of Israelis, is on high alert, & prepared for a variety of scenarios".

Yuval Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu's inner cabinet, told Israel Radio earlier that Israel was "not eager for war" but would make no concessions to Hamas.

"Hamas must go back to the understandings after the [2014 Gaza war], and if it doesn't, it will understand the hard way", Haaretz quoted the officer as saying.

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