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After deadly escalation, Israel, Hamas agree to maintain border truce

Jerusalem, Mar 15 (UNI) After an overnight deadly escalation between Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas in the Gaza strip, a ceasefire agreement was reached between Israel and Hamas, according to Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab on Friday.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) retaliated by striking 100 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv.
Daoud Shehab, Islamic Jihad spokesman said that his group is “committed to the ceasefire understandings” as long as Israel “halts its aggression against the Palestinian people.”
In Gaza, both rulers Hamas and Islamic Jihad, an allied group, issued statements denying any responsibility for the attack, which came just over three weeks ahead of Israel's April 9 election, Israel's i24 News reported.
A statement from Hamas's military wing said the group was "not responsible for the rockets fired tonight towards the enemy," adding that it occurred during a visit by an Egyptian security delegation to Gaza.
Israel, however, said Hamas was indeed responsible for the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv.
IDF said in a statement "We can confirm that the rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv earlier tonight were launched by the Hamas terrorist organization. Meanwhile, after striking Hamas targets the IDF said "Fighter planes, combat helicopters and (other) aircrafts attacked some 100 terrorist targets of the Hamas terrorist organization throughout the Gaza Strip. Among the terrorist targets was the offices of the Hamas headquarters in the Rimal neighborhood in central Gaza City. Immediately after the rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his defense chiefs in the IDF headquarters to discuss the response."
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told public television one of the Gaza rockets "apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in Tel Aviv."
Following the overnight tensions, the organizing committee for Gaza’s March of Return cancelled Friday protests along the Israel-Gaza border for the first time since they began almost exactly a year ago.
According to the IDF, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system did not intercept the rockets from Gaza.
"No interceptions were made by aerial defense systems. No damage or injuries were reported. There are no special instructions for the civilian home front.
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