Israeli soldier and four Palestinians killed in Gaza escalation

Palestinian relatives react as they arrive at the morgue of the al Shifa hospital in Gaza City where the body of Mohammed Badwan was brought after he was shot dead by Israeli forces during protests along the border east of Gaza City

A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely has largely held after a wave of deadly strikes across the Palestinian enclave of Gaza sparked by the death of an Israeli soldier shot near the border. The military did not specify the condition of the other soldiers who came under fire.

"At the end of an assessment by the southern command this morning it was made a decision to maintain a full civilian routine in the communities close to the Gaza Strip", Haaretz quoted the statement as saying.

Israelis living close to the Gaza border were told to stay close to bomb shelters, and not to attend synagogues for Friday evening prayers in larger numbers than could be accommodated in protected rooms if Gaza terror groups were to launch rocket attacks.

Since protests broke out on 30 March, at least 149 Palestinians have been killed.

At least four Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were reported killed in air strikes and artillery shelling by the IDF, as well as an undetermined number of wounded, according to Arab media. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during that period as Israel deployed snipers and sharpshooters against demonstrations, which it says are a cover for violent attacks.

"With Egyptian and United Nations 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 said its aircraft and fighter jets had attacked 40 military targets across Gaza that included Hamas battalion headquarters, a drone warehouse, aerial defence systems, and observation posts.

Relatives of killed Hamas member Mohamed Abu Daqa react and mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip
Relatives of killed Hamas member Mohamed Abu Daqa react and mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

Israel's government initially saw the airborne tools of arson as a novel irritant and a less unsafe alternative to the rockets often fired by Hamas and other Islamist factions in Gaza.

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief spokesman for the Israeli military, blamed Hamas for escalating tensions over the past three and a half months, since the beginning of the Hamas-orchestrated mass protests along the border fence.

No statements have been issued by Netanyahu or the army.

Mr. Mladenov said on Twitter that "Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink".

An IDF soldier was killed by sniper fire from Gaza late Friday afternoon (Israel time), the IDF cleared for publication.

Palestinians are protesting to demand the right to return to homes and villages they fled or were driven from during the conflict surrounding the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

But more recently, some Gaza officials said the protests would end if Israel lifted an economic blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel says the naval blockade is necessary to protect its citizens from weapons smuggling.

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