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Hamas claims cease-fire reached after Israeli airstrikes; Israel denies it

Hamas claims cease-fire reached after Israeli airstrikes; Israel denies it

Sources within the Islamic Jihad terror group claimed on Tuesday night that they have reached a cease-fire deal with Israel based upon the understandings established at the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

At least 116 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire at mass demonstrations along the border, drawing global condemnation for Israel over its use of lethal force.

Three Israeli soldiers were injured in Tuesday's barrages, two lightly and a third moderately, the army said.

"The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for any upcoming escalation", it said.

Three members of Hamas's allies were killed in an Israeli strike on Sunday, with the group vowing revenge.

The Israeli military released video which they say shows strikes against military targets in the Gaza Strip.

"It all depends on Hamas". No children were present at the time.

There was relative calm in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

The meeting is expected to take place at United Nations headquarters in NY on Wednesday afternoon.

"The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians", USA ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Still, Kuwait, a non-permanent council member that represents Arab countries, is hoping to win a high number of votes in favour of its proposal to highlight Washington's isolation on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

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The Israeli military confirmed over 60 airstrikes throughout Gaza, including an unfinished tunnel near the southern city of Rafah that crossed under the border into Egypt and from there into Israeli territory.

Islamic Jihad is the second-largest armed group in Gaza after Hamas.

Several of the projectiles were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor system, others landed in empty lots and farmland. He said militants in Gaza will commit to the cease-fire if Israel does as well.

According to the army, the targets included a drone facility, rocket manufacturing plant, advanced naval weaponry, military compounds, training camps and weapons factories.

Hamas said in a statement on Tuesday that "what the resistance carried out this morning comes within the framework of the natural right to defend our people".

Hamas initially billed the weekly border protests as a call to break through the fence and return to homes that were lost 70 years ago during the war surrounding Israel's establishment.

Off Gaza's coast on Tuesday, the Israeli navy intercepted a boat that organisers of the Palestinian border protests launched from the enclave in a challenge to an Israeli maritime blockade.

Demonstrations and clashes have continued at a low level since then.

Israeli forces killed at least 116 Palestinians and wounded thousands including women and unarmed demonstrators in the protests, drawing foreign censure of Israel's deadly tactics.

But Israel has faced global criticism and calls for an independent investigation over its use of live fire during the protests and border clashes.