Israel and Gaza militants agree to cease-fire after weekend of violence

House in Ashkelon hit by rocket

Trump wrote on Twitter: "Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad".

President Trump tweeted out U.S. backing for Israel, saying: "We support Israel 100 percent in its defense of its citizens".

Israel's bombing campaign also destroyed the Gaza office of the Turkish state-run news agency, an attack the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said was an act of "terrorism".

Violence broke out on Friday, as Israel and militant group Islamic Jihad traded fire, killing four, including two protesters.

In the aftermath of this weekend's violent flare-up in the south, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted on Monday that Israel had "changed the rules of the game, and Hamas knows this very well".

Israel carried out airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, and vowed a tougher crackdown against Islamic terror. Behind him, cleaners were sweeping shattered glass outside a house where an Israeli was killed by a Gaza rocket on Sunday when running for cover.

Israel's energy ministry said on Monday that the Tamar gas field would resume operations after the ceasefire was agreed, and that energy minister Steinitz had instructed Noble Energy, the Texas-based operator of the field, to prepare to restart pumping natural gas. "That, in turn, led to an onslaught of mortar and rocket fire from within Gaza, unraveling the tenuous calm". The third theory even speculates that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), which is taking place next week in Tel Aviv, is a target. "Gaza decides when to start a war and when to end it", he said, to nods of assent of his neighbors.

It's been less than a month since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected, and he seems to have tossed out what only previous year had pushed his government into crisis, leading to the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman.

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The escalation appeared to end as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began.

"We stress that the more atrocious the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian civilians are, the stronger the Palestinian response will be", Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas' leader in Gaza, said in a statement Sunday.

A ceasefire, mediated by officials from Egypt and Qatar, has since been reached.

Several other casualties marked the first time since 2014 that Israeli civilians have been killed from rocket attacks out of the Gaza Strip.

On May 5, President Donald Trump posted words in support of Israel.

As of Sunday afternoon, reports from the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza indicated that 25 Palestinians, including a four-month and 14-month-old girl, two pregnant women, and a 12-year-old boy were killed in the strikes.

At the baby's funeral on Sunday, Sebba's relative Khalid Abu Arar told MEE that an Israeli drone struck the family with a missile as they drank tea outside their home.

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