Israel, Gaza Silence Guns After Harshest Fighting Since 2014

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Israel carried out a series of strikes in response to rocket barrages fired from the Hamas-run territory.

The militant group Islamic Jihad said a "mutual and concurrent" truce with Israel had been reached.

On the Gazan side, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Monday.

The worldwide Israeli news agency Tazpit Press Service (TPS) reported that Islamic Jihad representatives offered compensation to the family for the death of the baby and a woman who may have been her mother. The Palestinian Authority has been hit hard by cuts to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in USA aid, as well as a dispute with Israel over tax transfers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered extra forces to the border with Gaza in preparation for a possible ground incursion.

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Mujahid called on all the people of Malaysia and the world to condemn the Israeli action.

President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to comment on the attacks, saying the USA stands with Israel. The two terrorist groups said in a joint statement that they were considering firing rockets to cities over 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Gaza strip.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer defended Israel and demanded that Hamas "immediately stop launching rockets into Israel".

Now that the smoke has cleared, it appears that this small organization has emerged as the most substantial player both in Gaza in particular and in the Arab sphere in general.

CNN, among others, drew attention to the death of the one-year-old Palestinian in a report Saturday with the headline, "250 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel; 1-year-old child among those killed in retaliatory airstrikes".

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Meanwhile, Israel's Kan 11 reported that the war was conducted by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhala over the phone from Cairo, as guests of the Egyptian government.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned what it called Israel's "savage" attack on Gaza, and blamed "unlimited U.S. support" for Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Israeli military said the airstrikes in Gaza were in retaliation for rocket fire in southen Israel.

It came after the most serious flare-up in violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war. Many think Memorial Day, Independence Day and the upcoming worldwide song contest in Tel Aviv, Eurovision, put the brakes on Israel's response.

Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007 which critics say amounts to collective punishment of the impoverished enclave's two million residents.

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