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In video - Skies calm over Gaza as ceasefire takes effect

March 26, 2019 12:02 P.M. (Updated: March 27, 2019 11:03 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the besieged Gaza Strip was declared following Israeli escalation since Monday evening until Tuesday morning.

The Egypt-mediated ceasefire comes after Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes across the southern, central, and northern Gaza Strip, while at least 50 rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.

Spokesperson of the Hamas movement in Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, said that "Egyptian efforts succeeded with a ceasefire between the occupation and the resistance factions."

According to both Israeli and Palestinian news sources, reportedly an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was previously arranged on late Monday, however, Israeli airstrikes continued over Gaza.

The Israeli escalation came after a Gaza rocket struck an Israeli house north of Tel Aviv City, in central Israel, injuring seven Israelis.

The spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that seven Palestinians suffered various injuries due to the ongoing Israeli airstrikes.

The injured Palestinians were transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were described as minor.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli warplanes targeted dozens of residential and commercial buildings, as well as nine Hamas movement sites and 20 agricultural lands in Gaza.

The Hamas movement confirmed that a total of five buildings were completely destroyed due to the Israeli airstrikes.

The destroyed buildings included Ismail Haniyeh's office, head of the Hamas movement's politburo, an insurance company, a driving school, and two residential buildings.

In addition, Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza’s seaport, resulting in major material damages.

Universities, schools, and outdoor activities in the Gaza Strip were suspended, on Tuesday, as a result of the Israeli airstrikes.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that red alert sirens were sounded in multiple areas in southern Israel as rockets were fired from Gaza. However, most of the fired rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Sources added that the rest of the rockets landed in open areas near Eshkol Regional Council and Sderot City.

No injuries nor damages were reported.

The video shows Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes over Gaza:
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