Gaza ceasefire holds after a day of Israeli air strikes

Palestinian mourners chant angry slogans as they carry the body of Muhammed Abu Halima 22 who was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel during his funeral in Gaza City on July 7. (AP

Fawzi Barhoom, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a press statement that the mission of the militants in Gaza "is to protect and defend our people, which is a popular demand and a strategic option". I hope they got the message.

Approximately 20 projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system and some 73 projectiles landed in open areas, according to the IDF. On Saturday the Israeli military said it was conducting strikes against Hamas "in response to the terror acts instigated during the violent riots that took place along the security fence" the day before.

At least three people were injured in an Israeli raid on a house in Hay Al-Tuffah area, east of Gaza City, hours after the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements announced late on Saturday that a cease-fire agreement and a return to the 2014 understandings had been reached after regional and global mediation.

Two teenagers were killed and several others were wounded when Israel struck an unfinished five-story building near a Hamas security compound and a public park in Gaza City, reducing the structure to rubble. The raids were a response to rockets fired into Israel, he said. Israeli military officials say the weekend attacks on Gaza were retaliation for that casualty, and that it was "sufficient reason to go on the offensive".

Last Friday an Israeli soldier was moderately injured when a Palestinian hurled a grenade towards soldiers.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest.

Thick plumes of smoke rose over parts of the Gaza Strip as Israel hit dozens of targets it said belonged to militants, including a high-rise building allegedly used by Hamas as a training facility with a tunnel underneath. Four Israelis were reportedly injured by shrapnel from the strikes.

"We were sitting in the living room and all of a sudden, the aquarium exploded and there was smoke everywhere and glass flew everywhere", said Aharon Buchris, who was wounded along with his wife and two teenage daughters, as he awaited surgery in hospital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not accept a ceasefire unless all hostilities end including incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, even as Egypt-brokered ceasefire holds after a day of intense fighting.

. Netanyahu has also come under pressure from southern Israeli communities under rocket fire from Gaza.

Since the beginning of the rallies and protests, known as "the Great Marches of Return" on March 30, the Health Ministry said that the Israeli army killed 139 Palestinians and wounded more than 16,000 others.

Hamas, meanwhile, has been trying to break out of its isolation and spotlight the hardships of the impoverished strip without invoking the full wrath of Israel.

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