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Israel's latest attack on Gaza was characterized as the largest escalation since 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians in a seven-week military operation.

Israeli and Hamas officials both threatened a further intensification of hostilities. "We are reinforcing the southern command and Gaza division".

There was no immediate Israeli comment. Despite the animosity, the bitter enemies appear to be working through Egyptian mediators to avoid another war.

Rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop in the southern Israeli towns and border communities near Gaza from sunset on Wednesday. The Israeli air force, meanwhile, pounded targets across Gaza. Police said they found its remnants in an open area on the outskirts of the city of 200,000 people and that no one was hurt. Several homes and factories, as well as cars, were damaged in southern Israeli communities after being hit by rockets and shrapnel.

Smoke rises from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on a building of Said al-Mis'hal cultural center in Gaza City, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.

The building is home to a popular theatre and exhibits plays and other shows on a daily basis.

The source also pointed out that as an outcome to the understandings reached between Hamas and Fatah, Cairo will be witnessing a series of meetings between Egyptian, Fatah and Hamas officials in order to reach a national consensus regarding all the debatable issues for the sake of Palestinians. He said Hamas has been on a course of "conflict and friction" since late March. He said the destruction of the Egyptian cultural office was "an Israeli attempt to sabotage" the Egyptian cease-fire efforts. "It's impossible to topple Hamas without conquering the Strip", he says.

"Hamas must go back to the understandings after the [2014 Gaza war], and if it doesn't, it will understand the hard way", Haaretz quoted the officer as saying.

The Gaza Strip
Israeli warplanes have hit dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip

Calm returned to Gaza and neighbouring areas of Israel Friday after a deadly flare-up between Palestinians and the Israeli military, but fresh protests could test the embryonic truce. The military said more than 180 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza. At least three Palestinians died - a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter and a Hamas militant. In this week's fighting, the Palestinian Health Ministry said three Palestinians were killed. She wrote that "Hamas vowed to respond", and that later in the day "Hamas responded with rocket fire".

Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. Mideast envoy, said he was "deeply alarmed" and appealed for calm.

Militants from the Gaza strip and agreed with Israel on the cessation of hostilities, which lasted a day and a half. The protests have been aimed in part at trying to break the blockade.

Hamas and Israel have also opened channels for indirect talks on prisoner exchanges.

Al-Arouri, an arch terrorist who has spent years in Israeli prisons for organizing terror attacks, was responsible for the reconciliation between Hamas and the Islamist regime in Tehran in October 2017 and the resuming of Iranian aid to the Sunni Islamist terror organization.

The IDF targeted over 150 Hamas military sites in response, including weapons production facilities and storage warehouses, as well as training facilities, the IDF said in a statement.

A statement from the military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets. A Hamas militant was killed in one strike, with at least 12 others injured, the health ministry in Gaza said.

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