Israel and Hamas 'on a ceasefire' following two days of fighting in Gaza

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Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and Israel appear to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.

Israel's military said on Friday that no rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel overnight and it conducted no airstrikes.

Hamas-run - Media - Deal - Basis - Calm

Palestinian Hamas-run media reported that an Egypt-brokered deal had taken hold 'on the basis of mutual calm', however, Israel's government has not confirmed such a truce.

This week's fighting saw Israel hit some 150 facilities belonging to Hamas in retaliation for '180 rockets and mortar bombs' allegedly fired from the strip on Wednesday night.

Israeli - Airstrikes - Wednesday - Palestinians - Woman

The Israeli airstrikes overnight on Wednesday killed three Palestinians, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter.

A source withing Israel's military warned Thursday that 'a full-blown military confrontation in the Gaza Strip' was near and its government could start evacuating citizens near the border.

Thursday - Evening - Rockets - Gaza - Strip

Thursday evening, at least two rockets allegedly fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Thursday night, according to the country's authorities, including just outside Beersheba.

Although nobody was injured, it marked the first time since 2014 that a rocket had penetrated that deep inside the country, according to the country's media.

Israeli - Airstrike - Center - Shati - Refugee

Shortly after, an Israeli airstrike flattened the five-story cultural center in the Shati refugee camp, a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City.

The airstrike set off a powerful explosion and sent a huge plume of black smoke into the air, causing crowds to scream in panic. Medical officials said at least seven bystanders were wounded.

Building - Theater - Exhibits - Plays - Shows

The building is home to a popular theater and exhibits plays and other shows on a daily basis. An Egyptian-Palestinian cultural society also has an office in the building.

"The deliberate targeting of a cultural center with airstrikes and destruction ... is a barbaric act,"...
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