Qatar to send $480m to West Bank, Gaza after truce with Israel

Qatar to send $480m to West Bank, Gaza after truce with Israel

Israel approved the resumption of fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after cutting off the supply during Sunday's surge of violence, according to COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs. "We support Israel 100 per cent in its defense of its citizens", he said.

Israel's military said that more than 600 rockets and other projectiles - over 150 of them intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system - had been fired at southern Israeli cities and villages since Friday. United States president Donald Trump meanwhile assured Israel on Sunday that it had Washington's full support against "these terrorist acts".

A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, said in response to Netanyahu's statement that although the recent flare-up in violence had come to an end, the wider conflict would continue.

Israel's energy ministry said on Monday that the Tamar gas field would resume operations after the ceasefire was agreed, and that energy minister Steinitz had instructed Noble Energy, the Texas-based operator of the field, to prepare to restart pumping natural gas.

Another died in a rocket attack in Ashdod.

The escalation had killed 23 on the Gaza side, both militants and civilians, while on the Israeli side four civilians were killed from incoming fire.

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"We see Iranian fingerprints mostly in the Gaza Strip focused on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad but not limited to... that materializes in money weapons logistic support, military training and of course political guidance".

It commemorates the country's Memorial and Independence Days later this week and is due to host the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv from May 14-18, which is expected to draw thousands to Israel. The Palestinian health authority in Gaza said the dead also included another pregnant woman and infant, and a 12-year-old boy.

Israel, which doesn't communicate directly with militant groups in the Hamas-ruled enclave, didn't officially acknowledge an agreement to end the fighting.

Relatives mourn during the funeral of five Palestinians, who were killed in Israeli strikes the previous day, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza strip, May 6, 2019.

Still, Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh said late Sunday that the militant group was "not interested in a new war", and the start on Monday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely lessened motivation for battle. "We struck at terrorist leaders and operatives and we destroyed terrorist buildings", Netanyahu said.