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In a statement, Khalil Al Hayya, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said that after the intense fighting on Tuesday there had been considerable mediation efforts -- an apparent reference to Egyptian-led talks -- resulting in "a consensus to return to the ceasefire understandings of the Gaza Strip."Womens Shoes Cole Haan Zerogrand Slip-On Sneaker Grey/Optic White/Black,Womens Sandals Aerosoles Say-Yes Black Sparkle
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The US has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to "discuss the latest attacks on Israel out of the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other militants," the US Mission to the UN said in a statement.
The Mission expected the meeting to take place Wednesday afternoon.
"The recent attacks out of Gaza are the largest we have seen since 2014. Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten. The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they're allowing to happen in Gaza," US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, Womens Sandals GUESS Addey Multi Fabric,Womens Shoes Aerosoles Tricycle Black Croco
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Israel said three of its soldiers were injured, two lightly and a third moderately, in the militant fire from Gaza. In one of the day's first barrages, one of the mortars landed in the yard of a kindergarten, which was empty at the time because school had not started.Womens Sandals Naturalizer Gail Ginger Snap,Womens Boots ALDO Clavie Forest Green
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The IDF said Israeli air force planes had attacked targets in seven locations belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including "six military compounds, munition storage warehouses, naval targets, and terror headquarters."
There were no reports of any injuries. Other targets according to the IDF included "a rocket manufacturing workshop, advanced naval weaponry, military compounds
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A senior Israeli official denied reports a ceasefire deal has been reached between Israel and militant groups in Gaza. Reports in Arab media spoke of a ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt and due to come into force at midnight.
An official from Islamic Jihad told CNN that Egyptian intelligence had asked the militant group to return to the 2014 ceasefire agreement, adding, "We (Islamic Jihad) are committed to it as long as Israel is."Womens Shoes Nike Nike Shox NZ EU Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey,Womens Sandals ALDO Regnano Cognac
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The 2014 ceasefire agreement is a reference to the agreement reached at the end of the last all-out war between Israel and Hamas.
A second Islamic Jihad official told CNN that "Egyptian efforts reached a ceasefire and a return to the 2014 agreement." Womens Shoes Nike Free TR Connect 2 Black/Bright Crimson/Dark Grey/White,Womens Shoes ALDO Elizota Fuchsia
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IDF says Islamic Jihad responsible
In a significant move, Israel singled out Islamic Jihad as the militant group that carried out Tuesday's attacks.
In a statement, the IDF said the action was a "severe, dangerous, and orchestrated act of terror, aimed at Israeli civilians and children."Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Tosia Silver,Womens Boots Anne Klein Callforth Pony Brown Leather
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Islamic Jihad "follows the ideology of Iran, is funded by Iran, and in today's attack, used munition made by Iran," the statement said.
But the IDF statement also repeated Israel's often-stated position that it continues to hold Hamas -- the militant group that controls Gaza -- accountable for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip. "Hamas has the ability to escalate or de-escalate the situation," Womens Shoes PUMA Faas 500 v4 Clearwater/Blue Coral,Womens Boots Anne Klein Camdenw Brilliant Suede
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Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the attacks.
In a statement issued by the militant groups' armed wings, the Al-Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades respectively, the two groups blamed Israel for starting the latest round of aggression and said they had cooperated in launching the attacks because Israel's "crimes could not be tolerated in any way."
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There have been no reports of any fatalities or injuries arising from Israel's airstrikes from either the Palestinian Ministry of Health or from the militant groups themselves.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier promised a significant military response of "great force."
Israel and the United States consider Hamas a terrorist organization.
UN chief Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov expressed his deep concern at what he called "indiscriminate firing" by Gaza militants toward communities in southern Israel.Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Melanie Black,Womens Shoes Anne Klein Fion Black Suede
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"Such attacks are unacceptable and undermine the serious efforts by the international community to improve the situation in Gaza. All parties must exercise restraint, avoid escalation and prevent incidents that jeopardize the lives of Palestinians and Israelis," Mladenov said in a statement.Womens Shoes Superga 2311 Stripedcotw Red,Womens Shoes Anne Klein Faigel Black Multi Fabric
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Palestinian boat intercepted
Also Tuesday, the Israeli navy intercepted a Palestinian boat that set sail from Gaza aiming to breach Israel's naval blockade of the enclave, the IDF said. The IDF said there were about 17 people on board. It said the boat was apprehended peacefully and had been towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod.Womens Boots UGG Bailey Bow Bling I Do! White,Womens Shoes ASICS GEL - Impression 8 Black/Silver/Pink Glow
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The protests were intended to highlight Palestinian demands to return to homes and villages they lost during the creation of the state of Israel seven decades ago, and were given a boost by the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. Womens Sandals Vaneli Kathie Black Soft Nabuk/Match Ferns Patent/Silver Buckle,Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Scarlett Taupe Satin/Chiffon
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