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  • A ceasefire in Gaza is set to take place later on Sunday at 1700 GMT or 8pm local time, according to Islamic Jihad sources and Egypt’s mediation team, Al Jazeera’s correspondent has reported.

  • The Israeli assault on Gaza has resulted in 31 deaths, including six children, and more than 260 injuries.West Jerusalem has heard rocket sirens and explosions.

  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad has confirmed the assassination of its second commander.

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Egypt-mediated truce will start at 11:30pm, Israel and Islamic Jihad say

Israeli officials announce that a ceasefire would go into effect at 11:30 p.m. after the Islamic Jihad agreed to stop firing, Ynet News reported.

 According to reports in Middle Eastern media outlets, the Islamist faction stood firm on its demands that two of its West Bank operatives be released from Israeli custody. Read more here

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Ceasefire agreement ‘close’: Israeli source

Al Jazeera’s Natasha Ghoneim reporting from West Jerusalem say a ceasefire deal between Islamic Jihad and Israel is “close”, according to a member of the Israeli Knesset.

“We’re just learning that a prominent member of the Knesset is saying that he’s been in contact with members of the cabinet and that a ceasefire is “close”. The hope was that at some point this evening, Israel would be able to announce a ceasefire. That has not happened at this time on day three of the operation,” she added.

“There are media reports the Israeli government is not going to meet any demands made by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

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Death toll in Gaza rises to 41: Health ministry

Four more children were killed in Gaza on Sunday, the Palestinian territory’s health ministry said, as days of intense fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel raged despite talks of a proposed truce.

Since an Israeli military operation targeting Islamic Jihad positions began on Friday, a total of 41 Palestinians “have been martyred, including 15 children and four women, and 311 have been injured” across the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave’s ministry said.

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Turkiye, Pakistan condemn Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Turkiye and Pakistan have strongly condemned Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip yesterday which killed over a dozen Palestinians.

Stating that it is “unacceptable that civilians, including children, lose their lives in attacks,” Turkiye’s Foreign Ministry said that it is “deeply concerned about the rising tension in the region after the attacks. We emphasise the need to end these events before they turn into a new spiral of conflict.”

Pakistan also condemned the airstrikes, with prime minister Shehbaz Sharif calling them the “latest act of Israeli terrorism.” He stated on his Twitter account that “If impunity and barbarism had a face, it would have been that of Israel, which has targeted Palestinians without any care for consequences. Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli airstrikes.”

 

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ISRAELI STRIKES ON GAZA ARE ‘ILLEGAL’, UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR SAYS

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Palestinian PM calls for immediate halt to hostilities

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the international community to help stop Israel’s offensive while holding up photos of children killed in Gaza in the latest round of fighting between the two sides.

“The image of the martyred and wounded children in Gaza must shake the conscience of humanity and work to stop the aggression immediately,” Shtayyeh said at a press conference in Ramallah on Sunday.

He said that the United Nations Security Council would meet on Monday to discuss the issue. “What is required of the Security Council to take a serious and feasible decision to provide protection to the Palestinian people, we want this from the institution more than condemnation.”

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ISRAEL COMMITTING ‘WAR CRIME’ IN GAZA: PALESTINE AMBASSADOR TO UK

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The Palestinian health ministry in a statement has said that at least of 36 people have been killed in Israel’s attack on Gaza, while 311 others have been wounded since Friday.

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ISRAEL COMMITTING ‘WAR CRIME’ IN GAZA: PALESTINE AMBASSADOR TO UK

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A girl from Gaza raises the victory sign after surviving an Israeli airstrike targeting Jabalia earlier today. The little Palestinian had both of her feet and an arm amputated as she was badly wounded in the attack.

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Palestinian mortars damage Israel-Gaza border crossing: Israeli officials

A Palestinian mortar bomb attack damaged the shuttered Israel-Gaza Erez border crossing on Sunday, the Israeli Defence Ministry has said.

“The terminal roof was damaged as a result of the fire, and shrapnel fell into the entrance hall, an area that is used to facilitate the daily passage of thousands of Gazans that work in Israel,” the Defence Ministry said. No casualties were reported.

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‘Ordinary people paying the price’: NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called on all parties to refrain from targeting civilians and “work towards an immediate ceasefire” after Israel’s attack on Gaza has left 29 people dead in the past several days.

“Every single escalation of violence in Gaza comes at the cost of ordinary people, who pay the highest price for military actions,” NRC’s Middle East Regional Director Carsten Hansen said.

“Innocent children and families have been caught up in the vicious circle of violence for as long as they can remember. Many in Gaza are still recovering— both psychologically and physically — from last year’s eleven-day crisis,” Hansen added.

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Islamic Jihad says fired rockets at Jerusalem

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement has said it fired rockets at Jerusalem from the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli assault on Gaza continues for a third day.

Al Quds Brigades, the movement’s military wing, said in a statement they had “fired rockets” at the city, a short while after air raid sirens were activated and explosions heard, marking the first time Jerusalem was targeted in this round of violence.

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48 hours until cessation of health services, Gaza health ministry warns

The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza has issued a statement warning only 48 hours separate them from the cessation of all health services in the Strip.

The ministry said that they will have no capacity to run hospitals after the power plant shut down due a lack of fuel in the Gaza Strip and due the limited quantities of fuel in hospital generators being depleting.

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Israel’s deadly attacks on Gaza condemned by Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia late Saturday condemned the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which left at least 29 Palestinians dead and dozens injured.

A statement by the Saudi Foreign Ministry said the kingdom stands by the Palestinian people, calling on the international community to “shoulder its responsibility to end the escalation, provide the necessary protection to civilians and exert all efforts to end this conflict.”

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Israeli calls for end to Gaza operation grow in Israeli media

Israeli TV channel 13 has reported that the Israeli minister of health demanded an end to the military operation in Gaza.

Israeli TV channel 12 also reported that Israeli officials were working with Egyptian mediators to reach a potential ceasefire.

The calls follow reports in Israeli media that head of the Shin Bet, Ronen Bar, recommended that the Israeli security cabinet should work toward ending the military operation in Gaza.

There has been no official statement on the matter.

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Crowds gather for funeral of Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza

Large crowds have gathered in the Gaza Strip to take part in a funeral procession for Khaled Mansour, a senior commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement who was killed in an Israeli strike on Saturday night.

Mansour is the second high-ranking member of Islamic Jihad to be killed since Israel began attacking Gaza on Friday, when it assassinated the group’s commander in the north, Taysir al-Jabari.

At least four children were killed in a blast close to the Jabaliya refugee camp on Saturday, according to Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip.

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African Union head Moussa Faki Mahamat condemns

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The chairman of the African Union commission on Sunday condemned Israeli “air strike attacks” in the Gaza Strip as violence escalates in the troubled region, with 31 Palestinians reported dead.

Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the continued air strike attacks by Israel on Gaza that have killed more than 30 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children,” an AU statement said.

The “targeting of civilians and the continued illegal occupation by Israeli security forces of the Occupied Territories, are in stark violation of international law, and complicate the search for a just and lasting solution”, the statement said.

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South Africa condemns Israeli attacks on Gaza

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South Africa strongly condemned on Saturday the Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip, which continued for a second day, killing 24, including a 5-year-old.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said it is concerned that Israeli military statements indicate that the operation would “take a long time” and that ongoing attacks continue to place innocent civilians at severe risk.

“Attacks that kill innocent civilians have no justification, and they are more abhorrent as they are committed by an occupying power which has besieged the Gaza Strip for over a decade in contravention of international law,” said DIRCO.

Pretoria also said as an occupying power, Israel has specific obligations in terms of international human rights and humanitarian law, which it continues to breach without being held accountable.

“The international community has an obligation to ensure that international law is not violated indiscriminately and to urgently stop the Israeli occupation forces repeated attacks against civilians, especially women and children as well as the illegal blockade in Gaza,’’ it said.

It added that the killing of children by the Israeli government must be urgently addressed.

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Health ministry in Gaza appeals for help amid fuel shortages

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The director of the Ministry of Health has asked the international community to “extend a helping hand immediately” to people in Gaza as hospitals struggle to help the victims of Israeli airstrikes amid a critical shortage of fuel.

“Electricity now is four hours a day,” Medhat Abbas told Al Jazeera. “This means that we will rely on generators and consume half a million litres every month. We do not have this fuel right now.”

Abbas looked up as a plane rumbled above him. “Look at our skies, this is what we have in Gaza. Nobody knows what will happen in the coming months,” he said.

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UN Special Rapporteur says Israeli strikes ‘illegal and irresponsible’

The UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territory has said Israel’s strikes on Gaza are “not only are illegal but irresponsible” and called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

“The situation in Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis,” Francesca Albanez told Al Jazeera. “The only way to secure wellness of Palestinians wherever they are is to lift the siege and allow aid to enter.”

Albanez also blasted the United States for saying that it believed Israel had the right to defend itself. “Israel cannot claim that it’s defending itself in this conflict,” she said.

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Palestinians react to Israel’s Gaza strikes

The Palestinian presidency has condemned the violence in Gaza, calling it dangerous and asking the international community to intervene to prevent escalation., Al Jazeera reports.

The Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh blamed Israel for initiating the violence while residents in Ramallah took to the streets in spontaneous protests to call for retaliation.

Tensions had been high in recent months, with Jenin being the main flashpoint as the Israeli forces conducted almost daily raids to the refugee camp.

“Ever since Israel arrested Bassam al-Saadi on Monday, the Islamic Jihad has raised its level of alert, has told all members to gear up to ‘make Israel pay,’ Ibrahim said.

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Palestinians in Radah bid farwell to 7 people who were killed in an lsraeli airstrikes

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Israel’s Shin Bet spy service recommends ending Gaza offensive

Israel‘s domestic intelligence service Shin Bet on Sunday recommended ending the ongoing military offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media.

Shin Bet‘s chief Ronan Bar told the Israeli security cabinet that Gaza airstrikes achieved their goals by dealing a heavy blow to the Islamic Jihad group, the Walla news website reported.

Israel achieved a “planned strategic goal” of separating the Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip, from being involved in the ongoing conflict, Bar said.

Israel cited an “imminent threat of attack” by the Islamic Jihad group for launching its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

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ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA KILLS SEVERAL CHILDREN, ISLAMIC JIHAD COMMANDER

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EU calls for restraint from all sides

The EU on Saturday called for restraint from all sides to avoid further escalation and casualties in the Gaza Strip.

“The EU calls for maximum restraint on all sides in order to avoid a further escalation and further casualties,” in and around Gaza, the lead spokesperson of the bloc’s diplomatic service, Peter Stano, said in a statement.

The text pointed out that the bloc “follows with great concern” the ongoing escalation which “has already led to a number of casualties, with a number of people killed, including civilians and a five-year-old Palestinian girl.”

Stano acknowledged Israel’s right to protect its civilian population but warned that a “broader conflict” with more causalities and suffering on both sides should be avoided.

He also reiterated the EU’s call for dialogue “to restore a political horizon and to ensure a sustainable situation” in the region.

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Iran Guards warn Israel of “heavy price”

IRAN GUARDS WARN ISRAEL OF HEAVY PRICE FOR ONGOING ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES ON GAZA STRIP

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Saturday warned of a “heavy price” for ongoing Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami made the warning in a meeting with Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah in Tehran on Saturday.

In a statement issued by IRGC, Salami said Israel would pay a “heavy price” for its latest round of attacks on Gaza, vowing Iran’s support for Palestinian resistance groups.

He termed “developments” in Palestine and the “decline of the power” of Israel as a sign of its “collapse” while hailing Palestinian resistance groups, including Islamic Jihad, for their potential and ability to “manage major wars.”

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Iron Dome shot down 97 percent of Gaza rockets, Israel says

Israel’s Iron Dome defence system shot down 97 percent of rockets launched from Gaza since Friday, the military has said.

Iron Dome first launched guided missiles to hit incoming rockets in 2011 and was rated as 85 percent effective by Israeli and US defence officials. That increased to 90 percent in the Gaza war of 2012.

“We are improving our capabilities all of the time,” a spokesperson said.

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