Israel agrees to cease-fire with Hamas

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

Israeli jets strike Hamas in Gaza in response to ‘terror acts & violent riots’ at border (VIDEO)

An Israeli airstrike destroyed a vacant multi-storey building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two teenagers who were passing by, local health officials said, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. It said a tunnel was dug under the building.

"We are ready to operate simultaneously in different theaters", Conricus said, referring to the dual threats from Syria and Gaza.

A bomb drops from an Israeli fighter over Gaza City, Gaza.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment, but said its actions would depend on what happens on the ground.

Still, it was unclear whether the truce would hold as warning sirens were heard in southern Israel early Sunday, indicating incoming fire, AP said.

A building is gutted by an explosion during the attack.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the group was responsible for the mortar fire on Israel and that they were carried out "in response to the Israeli air strikes".

The surge in violence followed mounting public criticism of Netanyahu over failure to counter a new Palestinian tactic: incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza that have burned crops and scrubland in southern Israel.

Israel says it is defending its sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the border fence and attack civilians and soldiers. Three Israelis were injured by a rocket which landed in Sderot.

"In consultation with the minister of defence, the chief of staff and the top security command of the state of Israel, we have decided on strong action against Hamas terrorism", Mr Netanyahu said in a video statement.

"The protection and the defence of our people is a national duty and a strategic choice", Barhoum said. Hellis was killed on Friday at a border protest.

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

The protests have called for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes now inside Israel.

Since the protests began on March 30, at least 138 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, with more than 160,000 wounded.

No Israelis have been killed.

Those projectiles caused thousands of Israelis to flee to bomb shelters from their homes, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

On July 9, Israel closed its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip in response to the fires.

No Israelis have been killed, but officials said one soldier was injured by a grenade on Friday.

With Israel focused on rising tension along its northern border in its efforts to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military foothold in post-civil war Syria, it has been wary of escalating hostilities in Gaza.

The primary target of the IAF strikes Saturday was the Hamas battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, in the north of the Strip, the army said.

"A weapons manufacturing site and storage facilities housing various types of weapons, including Hamas' naval capabilities" were also hit, the statement added.

The IDF said aircraft had attacked "an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, among them complexes used to prepare arson terror attacks and a Hamas terror organization training facility".

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