New Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire apparently reached to end latest fighting

Children participate in an air raid siren exercise

Hamas confirmed Hamed Al Khoudary, a senior official in the organisation, was killed and three others seriously injured, when the vehicle they were driving in was targeted by the Israelis. Here, a Palestinian girl stands in front of a building on Monday that was destroyed during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City over the weekend.

According to Palestinian officials, the ceasefire came into effect at 4.30am local time (01:30 GMT), after Israel and Hamas, the movement that governs the Strip, agreed to taper the fighting that reached a peak on Sunday. Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said Israel's Iron Dome system was dealing with a "diverse" and "fast-paced" threat.

Palestinian medical officials reported 23 deaths, including at least nine militants as well as two pregnant women and two babies.

For residents in Gaza, the escalation comes a day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in the territory on Monday.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars and numerous smaller battles since the Islamic militant group seized Gaza in 2007.

After a weekend of deadly Palestinian fire on the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the underground bunker where public officials studied CCTV and incoming rockets from Gaza was hushed Monday after a tentative ceasefire.

Four Israelis civilians were killed.

President Donald Trump assured Israel on Sunday it has Washington's full support after the Jewish state led waves of retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rockets.

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Former military chief Benny Gantz, who challenged Mr Netanyahu in Israel's April 9 general elections, called it "another capitulation to blackmail by Hamas and terrorist organisations".

Israeli aircraft struck the vehicle of Hamid Ahmed Abdul Khudri, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who they say was responsible for money transfers from Iran to militant groups like Islamic Jihad and Hamas, the two largest factions inside the Gaza Strip.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports.

Following the army's statement, the Education Ministry announced schools would be open as usual in the cities and communities where not long ago sirens blared ceaselessly.

The four Israeli civilians killed were the first casualties from rocket attacks since 2014's 50-day war, the Associated Press reports.

The first two paragraphs in the Times article drawing criticism from Tlaib noted that eight Palestinians, including a "militant" and a pregnant mother with her daughter, were killed between Friday and Saturday by Israeli fire, the Examiner wrote.

The army said its tanks and planes hit more than 250 militant targets in Gaza in response.

But just days after expanding the fishing zone to 15 nautical miles, Israel scaled it back down on April 30th, citing alleged rocket fire. Sunday was particularly bloody, with 19 Palestinians and four civilians in Israel killed.

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