Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

A photo taken on July 14, 2018 shows Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018

Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

  • It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war
  • Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire early Saturday, a spokesman for the Palestinian party said, after five people including an Israeli soldier were killed Friday.
“With Egyptian and UN efforts, we reached (an agreement) to return to the previous state of calm between the (Israeli) occupation and the Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.
It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war.
On Friday an Israeli soldier was shot dead by Palestinian fire along the border, the first killing of a soldier in and around Gaza since a 2014 war between Hamas and the Jewish state.
Three Hamas fighters were killed as Israel retaliated with airstrikes on dozens of targets.
A fourth Palestinian man was killed after being shot during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

Updated 14 min 10 sec ago

Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

  • Netanyahu announced approval for a new settlement with several thousand homes in another, nearby part of east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans on Thursday to build thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in annexed east Jerusalem, a project unveiled less than two weeks before a general election.
“I have huge news today — we’re adding another 2,200 units to Har Homa,” Netanyahu said in a video message, in which he also announced approval for a new settlement with several thousand homes in another, nearby part of east Jerusalem.