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Security restrictions removed in southern Israel as uncertain calm sets in

After tense 24 hours, army tells Gaza-area residents they can return to routine; Palestinian official says Egypt still trying to convince Israel to accept ceasefire deal

  • The silhouette of an Israeli soldier is pictured in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on November 13, 2018.(JACK GUEZ / AFP)
    The silhouette of an Israeli soldier is pictured in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on November 13, 2018.(JACK GUEZ / AFP)
  • An apartment building in Ashkelon hit by a Hamas rocket, killing one, November 13, 2018. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
    An apartment building in Ashkelon hit by a Hamas rocket, killing one, November 13, 2018. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
  • The United Nations  Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, October 18, 2018. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo)
    The United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, October 18, 2018. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo)
  • People look at the rubble of a building in Gaza City on November 13, 2018, after an Israeli air strike.  (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
    People look at the rubble of a building in Gaza City on November 13, 2018, after an Israeli air strike. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
  • IDF soldiers rest close to Kibbutz Nir Oz, in southern Israel near the border with Gaza, on November 12, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
    IDF soldiers rest close to Kibbutz Nir Oz, in southern Israel near the border with Gaza, on November 12, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
  • A picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows a convoy of Israeli tanks on the highway near the southern Israeli town of Sderot (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)
    A picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows a convoy of Israeli tanks on the highway near the southern Israeli town of Sderot (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)
  • A ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike, on November 12, 2018.  (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
    A ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike, on November 12, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
  • Missiles from the Iron Dome air defense system in the south of Israel destroy incoming missiles above Ashkelon fired from the Gaza Strip  on November 13, 2018. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP)
    Missiles from the Iron Dome air defense system in the south of Israel destroy incoming missiles above Ashkelon fired from the Gaza Strip on November 13, 2018. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP)
  • Israeli soldiers take cover near the Israel-Gaza border, November 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
    Israeli soldiers take cover near the Israel-Gaza border, November 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Tuesday’s events as they unfolded.

Israeli military says 2 Gazans breach border, damage security fence

IDF troops identify two Palestinians who breached the border in the northern Gaza Strip, damaged the security fence and then reentered the coastal enclave, the army says.

The military says the suspects were under constant surveillance during their attack on the security fence.

— Judah Ari Gross

Islamic Jihad identifies Palestinian killed by Israel as its fighter

The al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, say a Palestinian who was severely wounded by Israeli fire yesterday in the southern Gaza Strip and later succumbed to his wounds is one of its members.

“Saraya al-Quds announces the death of its martyr Mousa Abdelal,” the Islamic Jihad-linked Palestine Today reports, adding that he was hit while “performing his duty in fighting against the occupation’s aggression.”

Earlier yesterday, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said Abdelal was 22.

Since yesterday, armed groups in Gaza have fired more than 400 rockets and other projectiles at southern Israel, according to the IDF.

Meanwhile, the army has targeted dozens of sites operated by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, the IDF says.

— Adam Rasgon

IDF spokesperson says army preparing to recruit reservists

IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis says the military will recruit reserve soldiers, possibly indicating a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking with 101.5 FM Radio, Manelis says the move is expected over the coming hours, adding that the army will first recruit “vital” forces, “and if needed we’ll will expand that.”

Palestinian terrorist said killed by IDF while launching rocket

An Israeli aircraft targets a Palestinian terrorist that the army says was part of a cell launching projectiles at southern Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, the military says.

According to Palestinian media, the man is killed in the strike.

— Judah Ari Gross

Ambulance service says 27 injured so far from rocket attacks

The Magen David Adom ambulance service says it has treated 28 people injured by attacks from the Gaza Strip, including one man who was pronounced dead.

According to the emergency service, three people sustained serious injuries, including a soldier who was hit in an anti-tank missile attack near the Gaza border. The other two severely wounded people were a woman in her 60s and another woman in her 40s who were injured in rocket attacks in the city of Ashkelon.

Another 24 people were lightly wounded from shrapnel, smoke inhalation and accidents while running to bomb shelters, MDA says.

In addition, some 27 people were treated for panic attacks brought on by rocket and mortar strikes.

— Judah Ari Gross

Canada expresses ‘full solidarity’ with Israel, says Hamas rockets must stop

The Canadian embassy in Israel expresses “full solidarity” with southern Israel.

“Hamas must immediately stop targeting civilians,” the embassy tweets.

Ottawa supports the efforts by Egypt and UN envoy to the peace process Nickolay Mladenov to deescalate the situation, the tweet says.

— Raphael Ahren

Gaza shell lands outside Israeli community, causing no injuries

A mortar shell lands just outside a community in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, causing neither injuries nor damage, local government officials say.

The name of the town is withheld in order to prevent terrorists in Gaza from using the information to better aim their mortar attacks.

— Judah Ari Gross

Ministers will back stronger response to Gaza rockets – report

Some of the ministers heading to a security cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv say they intend to support upping Israel’s military response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

The unidentified ministers tell the radio station that they are waiting to hear what operational plans the IDF will present during the meeting.

PA head Abbas said to cut short visit to Kuwait due to Gaza violence

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is cutting short his visit to Kuwait and returning to Ramallah following the flareup in Gaza, Palestinian TV reports.

Abbas arrived yesterday in Kuwait City for a two-day visit, during which he was scheduled to meet high-ranking local officials to discuss recent developments in the Palestinian arena.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 28, 2018. (Flash90)

IDF fire kills Palestinian, wounds another in northern Gaza — Hamas ministry

A Palestinian is killed in the northern Gaza Strip by Israeli fire and another is wounded, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

The ministry identifies the Palestinian casualty as 26-year-old Khaled al-Sultan.

— Adam Rasgon

Israel’s UN envoy calls on world body to designate Hamas a terror group

In light of the massive barrage of rockets on Israel’s south, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, urges the UN Security Council to formally recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization.

“After a day of rocket barrages, Hamas again demonstrates that it is a terrorist organization. To the world it presents its civilians as victims, but then uses them as human shields,” Danon writes in a letter to the current president of the Security Council, Ma Zhaoxu of China.

“I call on the Security Council to condemn Hamas in the strongest terms for its indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilian populations. It is time this body acknowledges and finally designates Hamas as a terrorist organization,” Danon writes.

Hamas alone is responsible for the current violence, Danon says. “Israel has cooperated with all international bodies, including the UN, but the aggressive escalation from Gaza indicates that there are elements pushing for further rounds of violence that will cause destruction and losses within the Gaza Strip.”

— Raphael Ahren

Qatar slams Israeli military operation that sparked Gaza escalation

Qatar condemns Israel for an apparently botched military operation in Gaza Sunday night during which a senior Hamas officer was killed and which sparked the current violence.

“The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the Israeli shelling of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip that left a number of martyrs and injuries,” the Foreign Ministry in Doha says in a statement.

The Gulf state, which last week gave $15 million in cash to the authorities in Gaza, says it considers the event “a serious military escalation” that complicates “the already difficult situation in the Gaza Strip as a result of the suffocating siege imposed on it for years.”

One Israeli officer was killed in the operation, along with seven Palestinian operatives.

— Raphael Ahren

IDF allows opening of workplaces, preschools that are near bomb shelters

The IDF says it is lowering the alertness level for Gaza-area civilians.

In a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the army says “non-essential work” is now permitted, as long as it takes place close to a bomb shelter, and kindergartens and preschools that possess a bomb shelter on their premises are allowed to open.

Residents of the area are no longer required to remain in rocket-proof areas, the statement says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Rocket sirens blare in Or Haner and Erez near Gaza border

Rocket sirens blare in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, as the military lightens security restrictions in the area.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the Or Haner and Erez communities, where the alarms sounded.

Just before the latest attack, the IDF tells residents of the Gaza periphery that they can leave their bomb shelters, but must remain close to them.

Kindergartens that have protected coverings are also permitted to operate within communities near the Gaza Strip, the army says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Security cabinet convenes to decide on next steps in Gaza

The ministers of the security cabinet are meeting at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to consider next steps amid the escalation in Gaza.

Israel not talking about a Gaza ceasefire, senior official says

Israel is currently not discussing a possible ceasefire with international mediators, a senior Israeli official confirms.

Jerusalem has decided not to conduct any dialogue at this point with Egypt and United Nations Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov.

The security cabinet is currently convening at the army’s Tel Aviv headquarters. The discussion is expected to last several hours.

— Raphael Ahren

In Ashkelon, Gabbay slams Netanyahu for ‘failing to restore calm’

Visiting the southern town of Ashkelon after residents spent much of the night in bomb shelters, Zionist Union chair Avi Gabbay slams Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “failing to restore calm” amid an escalation in rocket fire from Gaza.

“Netanyahu transferred millions of dollars to Hamas and we received rocket fire all over the south,” Gabbay charges, referring to the $15 million cash infusion to Gaza from Qatar that Israel permitted over the weekend.

Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay in Ashkelon, Tuesday, November 12, 2018. (Ra’anan Cohen)

Standing outside a house that was struck by a rocket overnight, Gabbay says the government lacks a “long-term plan” to end the conflict with Hamas.

“Transferring money to terrorists is not a plan,” he says. “The government is failing to restore calm.”

“The other possibility,” he adds, “is that quiet can be restored to the south.” He does not offer details on how that could be achieved.

— Raoul Wootliff

Palestinians say Israeli planes strike Gaza rocket-launching squad near Rafah

Palestinian media says Israel’s air force has struck a rocket-launching squad near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Initial reports say there are Palestinian casualties in the attack, with one person possibly killed.

Gaza ministry reports Palestinian killed, two wounded in IDF strike

The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza says a third Palestinian was killed in the Gaza Strip this morning by Israeli fire and two were wounded.

The ministry identifies the Palestinian who was killed as 20-year-old Musab Hous.

The statement brings the total number of Palestinians reported killed in Gaza in the latest escalation to six.

— Adam Rasgon

Czech president backs Israeli right to ‘aggressive response’ to Gaza rockets

The Czech Republic is backing Israel’s right to an “aggressive response” to the incessant rockets on the country’s south from Gaza.

“Hamas is clearly a terrorist organization. The missile attacks on Israel that they carry out are utterly unacceptable and must be condemned,” a spokesperson for President Milos Zeman says. “Israel has the full right to an aggressive response.”

Zeman, a staunch supporter of Israel, is due to visit the country later this month. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček is currently in Israel on an official visit.

— Raphael Ahren

Man killed in Ashkelon rocket attack was a Palestinian, 48, from Hebron area

The man found dead under the rubble of an Ashkelon home hit by a rocket launched from Gaza late last night is identified this morning as 48-year-old Mahmoud Abu Asabeh, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank town of Halhul, north of Hebron.

Mahmoud Abu Asbah, 48, from the West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, was killed late Monday, November 12, 2018, when a rocket launched by Gaza terrorists struck a home in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon. (Twitter screen capture)

— Jacob Magid

Israeli aircraft fire on Palestinians approaching Gaza security fence

An Israeli attack helicopter and another aircraft fire on a group of Palestinian suspects the army says were seen approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, apparently killing one and injuring two others.

The IDF has warned that Hamas and other terror groups could seek to send fighters across the border in order to conduct raids inside Israel.

The IDF says the suspects were under surveillance the entire time by soldiers monitoring cameras and by troops on the ground.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry identifies the person killed as 20-year-old Musab Hous.

— Judah Ari Gross

Rocket sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev area near Gaza

Incoming rocket sirens sound in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the Nahal Oz or Alumim communities, where the alarms are heard.

— Judah Ari Gross

Gaza mortar shell lands outside Israeli kindergarten

A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip explodes outside a kindergarten in one of the communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, causing damage but no injuries, local government officials say.

The school was empty at the time of the mortar strike.

A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip damages a safety-glass window in a kindergarten in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel on November 13, 2018. (Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council)

The name of the community hit by the attack is withheld in order to prevent terrorists in Gaza from using the information to adjust their aim.

— Judah Ari Gross

Israeli army shares ‘graphic’ scene at Ashkelon home struck by Gaza rocket

The IDF shares a video from a first responder at the scene of an apartment building in the city of Ashkelon struck by a rocket from Gaza on Monday, saying the footage was “graphic” but that it was important to share it “because it’s important that the world knows” what is happening in Israel.

“Last night, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets into Israel. One of the rockets struck this house in Ashkelon. This was the scene when Israeli first responders entered. It is graphic, but it’s important we show it,” the post reads.

“Hamas sees all of Israel as a target,” the army adds.

— Judah Ari Gross

Underground gas tanks ignited by Gaza rocket finish burning

Firefighters have completed the cooling-off of underground gas tanks that ignited and created a massive blaze yesterday in Sderot after being hit by a rocket launched from Gaza, a spokesman for the fire service says.

The three tanks were allowed to burn their gas through the night under the watchful eye of firefighters.

The initial blaze Monday briefly set an adjacent bakery on fire, but firefighters were able to quickly gain control over that secondary blaze and prevent major damage.

Gas tanks in Sderot that ignited when struck by a Gazan rocket, then burned through the night on Monday, November 12, 2018. (Israeli Fire and Rescue Service)

— Jacob Magid

Mortar shell explodes outside kibbutz near Gaza

A mortar shell explodes outside a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev region in southern Israel, causing neither injury nor damage, moments after sirens sound throughout the area, the local government says.

The name of the community hit by the attack is withheld in order to prevent terrorists in Gaza from using the information to adjust their aim.

— Judah Ari Gross

Rocket sirens sound in Eshkol area near Gaza

Incoming rocket sirens sound in the Esshkol region of southern Israel.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the area.

Polls open across Israel for runoff municipal elections

In the shadow of heavy fighting around the Gaza Strip, polls open in 54 towns and councils across Israel for the runoff election of local leadership.

The vote is a follow-up to the October 30 polls, in areas where no single candidate received 40% of the vote.

The most closely watched race is in Jerusalem, where Moshe Lion is battling Ofer Berkovitch to become mayor of the capital.

Due to the persistent rocket fire, the vote for the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council has been postponed.

The polling stations will remain open until 10 p.m. with the results expected to trickle out overnight.

— Marissa Newman

Mother of soldier critically injured by Gaza rocket asks for prayers

The mother of the IDF soldier who was critically injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip yesterday is asking for prayers for her son’s recovery.

She tells Hadashot news that her 19-year-old son is still in the intensive care unit at Soroka Hospital after undergoing two major operations last night.

“I am asking that you pray for my son’s recovery that my son opens his eyes,” she says. “We are hoping that he will by this evening.”

The unnamed soldier was injured was standing outside a bus near Kibbutz Kfar Azza, when the Kornet anti-tank guided missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck the vehicle.

A short time later, doctors at Soroka tell Hadashot that the soldier’s condition has significantly improved since yesterday, when he was brought in with life-threatening injuries.

Rivlin visits southern town amid rocket barrage

President Reuven Rivlin makes a solidarity visit to the southern town of Netivot amid a massive flareup of violence that has seen hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza border.

The president tells a group of residents gathered in a bomb shelter that all of Israel is standing behind them.

“I have said in the past and I will continue to say, the area around Gaza is the whole of Israel. When the sirens are screaming here, we hear them in our hearts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and all over the country,” he says according to a statement. “Your strength gives us all strength.”

Rivlin also urges residents to obey instructions and not take unnecessary risks.

“Forget about taking photos,” the president says. “I ask all citizens of Israel and particularly those in this area to take good care of themselves and to follow the orders of the IDF.”

Norway says rocket barrage from Gaza ‘unacceptable’ and ‘must stop’

The Norwegian government has expressed concern at the massive flareup in violence in and around the Gaza Strip, and says it is working with Egypt and the UN to restore calm to the Palestinian territory.

In a a tweet, the Foreign Ministry says the hundreds of rockets launched at Israeli communities is “unacceptable & must stop,” and says restraint “must be shown by all & civilians protected.”

Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area near Gaza

Incoming rocket sirens blare in the Hof Ashkelon region, north of Gaza, following an hour-long lull in attacks from the Strip.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

— Judah Ari Gross

Gazans report Israeli drone strike east of Rafah

Israeli drones attack a target east of the southern Gaza city of Rafah, according to Palestinian media.

Local Gazan outlets say that no injuries are caused by the strike.

The Israeli military does not immediately comment on the reports.

— Judah Ari Gross

Incoming rocket sirens sound in Eskhol communities near Gaza

Incoming rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

The alarms can be heard in Kibbutz Kissufim, one of the closest Israeli communities to Gaza.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

— Judah Ari Gross

Families in southern Israel fleeing by the dozens

Dozens of Israeli families have fled communities near the Gaza Strip in light of the ongoing fusillade from the coastal enclave, which shows little sign of coming to an end in the immediate future.

A spokesperson for the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel says approximately 60 families have left the area.

An apartment building in Ashkelon hit by a Hamas rocket, killing one, November 13, 2018. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

The Ynet news site reports that 90 other families from other regions in the Gaza periphery have also fled the area. This cannot be immediately confirmed.

— Judah Ari Gross

Egyptian delegation to arrive in Israel tomorrow for fresh ceasefire talks — report

A report in the Russian news agency Sputnik says an Egyptian delegation is due to arrive in Israel tomorrow in an effort to discuss the massive flareup in violence in and around the Gaza Strip.

A source tells the news agency the delegation will hold meetings with Israeli officials in the wake of IDF’s “barefaced aggression” in the Palestinian territory.

Over the past few months, Israel and Hamas sides have come close to a major escalation several times, only to step back in favor of giving a chance to a long-term Egyptian mediated truce.

But the eruption of fighting over the last two days is casting doubt over recent understandings brokered by Egypt and UN officials to reduce tensions.

— Adam Rasgon

Armed Gaza groups reportedly agree to stop firing rockets at 3:30 this afternoon

Armed factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel, according to reports in Palestinian media.

Reports say the groups will stop all rocket and mortar launches at 3:30 p.m. at the request of Egypt and the United Nations.

Incoming rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area

Incoming rocket sirens sound in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel, as reports emerge from Gaza of a potential ceasefire.

The alarms are heard in communities throughout the region, north of the Strip.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Palestinian news outlets report that a ceasefire is due to go into effect at 3:30 p.m., at the request of Egypt.

— Judah Ari Gross

Ashkelon-area home said hit by Gaza rocket

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip directly strikes a home in the Hof Ashkelon region in southern Israel, causing no injuries, according to the local government.

The reported strike comes minutes before a ceasefire called by Egypt and the UN is set to go into effect.

— Judah Ari Gross

Turkey demands Israel ‘immediately stop’ Gaza strikes

Turkey calls on Israel to “immediately stop” strikes against the Gaza Strip, urging the international community to act as the escalation in violence threatens to descend into full-blown conflict.

“Israel must immediately stop its attacks against the Gaza population,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says according to state news agency Anadolu.

“The international community, which stays silent in the face of Israel’s attacks, must take responsibility and take action,” he adds.

— AFP

Rocket sirens blare in Israel as fresh Gaza ceasefire goes into effect

An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire among Palestinian terror groups in Gaza is said to take effect, as rocket sirens blare in the southern town of Sderot.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Sderot.

— Judah Ari Gross

Incoming rocket sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev despite reported ceasefire

Three minutes after a reported ceasefire was due to come into effect, rocket sirens blare in the community of Mefalsim in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

— Judah Ari Gross

Gaza officials identify six killed by Israeli strikes since yesterday

The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza publishes its list of the six Gazans killed in Israeli strikes amid the rocket barrages from the Strip since yesterday.

They are:

Muhammad Zakaria Ismail al-Tatari, 27 years old.
Mohammed Zuhdi Hassan Odeh, 22.
Hamad Mohammed Mousa Al-Nahhal, 23.
Musa Iyad Ali Abdel-Aal, 22.
Khalid Riyad Ahmed Al-Sultan, 26.
Musaab Saeed Hus, 20.

The ministry also says 25 people were injured in the Strip.

— Adam Rasgon

Security cabinet meeting ends after 7 hours, but no decision announced

The security cabinet concludes its meeting on the Gaza escalation at the army’s headquarters in Tel Aviv after seven hours of marathon discussions. There is no statement about whether any decision was made by the ministers about Israel’s next steps in Gaza.

The meeting’s conclusion comes amid reports from Gaza of a ceasefire, and continuing rocket fire on Israel.

Seventh Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike, Gaza officials say

A Palestinian is killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli fire in response to a barrage of projectiles, the seventh Gazan killed since the start of the latest escalation yesterday, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

The ministry identifies the man as 29-year-old Yousef Marouf.

— Adam Rasgon

Gaza factions deny reports of ceasefire with Israel

A source in the Palestinian terrorist groups’ joint command center in Gaza denies to the Gaza-based Dunya al-Watan news site that “a ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and the occupation’s government was reached.”

The source says “factions are continuing their military operations.”

The statement seems to contradict earlier reports that Palestinian factions had agreed to end the violence.

— Adam Rasgon

Lt. Yakir Naveh, who died in a plane crash in 1962, laid to rest

Lt. Yakir Naveh, the Israeli Air Force pilot who died when his plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, is finally laid to rest at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul Military Cemetery today.

Naveh’s plane crashed in a training accident in 1962. His body was lost for 56 years, until divers located it on the floor of the Sea of Galilee last week.

Rocket sirens sound in Kissufim near Gaza

Rocket alert sirens sound in Kibbutz Kissufim in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

— Judah Ari Gross

Security cabinet instructs IDF to continue Gaza strikes ‘as necessary’

The security cabinet has instructed the IDF to continue its operations in Gaza “as necessary” amid an intense flareup of fighting with terror groups in the Strip, according to a statement.

The statement says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers were briefed on the escalating situation in the Gaza Strip by military and other defense officials.

Incoming rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area

Sirens sound in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel, as the volleys of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip enter their 25th hour.

A number of mortar shells from an earlier attack against the Eshkol region, east of Gaza, are found in an open field, near the fence of one of the communities in the area, local government says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Egypt, UN broker another Israel-Hamas ceasefire — reports

Al Jazeerza is reporting that Egypt and the United Nations have managed to broker a fresh ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Earlier, the Russian news agency Sputnik said Egyptian mediators would arrive in Israel tomorrow to discuss the flareup in violence in Gaza over the last 24 hours.

Hamas leader signals interest Gaza ceasefire

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is signaling a readiness to halt the latest round of fighting with Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh says in a statement that the ruling terror group will stop firing rockets at Israeli communities if the IDF stops its airstrikes in the Strip.

He says “the Palestinian resistance is defending its people and itself before the Israeli aggression,” adding that “if the occupation stops its aggression, it’s possible to return to the ceasefire understandings.”

— with AP

Gaza terror groups commit to another ceasefire with Israel

Gaza terror groups say they are committed to abiding by a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations after a major escalation in violence in the Strip over the last 24 hours.

In a statement, the groups say they will abide by the understanding previously brokered by Egypt if Israel does.

“The resistance will abide by this announcement as long as the Zionist enemy abides by it,” the groups say.

Al Jazeera says the ceasefire will go into effect immediately.

— Adam Rasgon

Israeli official indicates Gaza ceasefire reached

A senior Israeli diplomatic official confirms that a ceasefire agreement has been reached with terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel maintains its right to act. Requests from Hamas for a ceasefire came through four different mediators. Israel responded that the events on the ground will decide [if a ceasefire will go into effect],” the official says, speaking on condition of anonymity.

— Judah Ari Gross

IDF: 460 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza in 25 hours

Over 460 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel over the course of 25 hours, the army says.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted over 100 of them. Most of the rest landed in open fields, but dozens landed inside Israeli cities and towns, killing one person, injuring dozens more and causing significant property damage.

In response to the rocket and mortar attacks, the Israeli military says it targeted approximately 160 sites in the Gaza Strip connected to the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups, including four facilities that the army designated as “key strategic assets.”

— Judah Ari Gross

IDF to investigate Gaza missile attack that injured solider

The head of IDF Ground Forces Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak orders an investigation into yesterday’s anti-tank guided missile attack that targeted a bus near the Gaza border, seriously injuring a soldier.

The bus was parked unprotected in the Black Arrow memorial site in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, a few hundreds meters from the Gaza fence.

Dozens of soldiers had been on the bus moments before the anti-tank guided missile struck the vehicle, but they exited before it hit.

The investigation into the troops’ actions will be led by Brig. Gen. Amir Ebstein, commander of the IDF’s Border Defense Array.

— Judah Ari Gross

Four top ministers reportedly oppose latest Gaza ceasefire

At least four senior ministers are opposed to resuming the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Gaza terror groups following a major flareup in violence, according to a Channel 10 news report.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett proposed an alternative response to the exchange of fire over the last 24 hours, but it was rejected by the other ministers at today’s meeting of the security  cabinet.

An unnamed minster, who attended the meeting which ended in late afternoon, tells the news outlet that no vote was held to determine the next steps at the end of the 7-hour meeting.

The report comes shortly after Hamas and other Gaza terror groups said they accepted an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel and an Israeli diplomatic official indicated that Israel also accepts it.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known, and there was no immediate comment from Israel.

Islamic Jihad claims it launched new missile at Ashkelon

Islamic Jihad’s military wing says its al-Quds Brigades used a new type of missile to bombard Ashkelon in the most recent flareup of violence.

The terrorist group says its “new missile” was able to “turn occupied Ashkelon into hell” in the latest round of cross-border violence, but does not identify the weapon’s name or model.

— Adam Rasgon

Cabinet ministers Liberman, Bennett want Gaza strikes to continue

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office says media reports claiming he was in favor of renewing the terms outlined in the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Hamas are “fake news.”

The statement says Liberman does not support stopping the Israeli strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett also releases a statement saying he opposes stopping the airstrikes.

“Reports that Bennett supported the cessation of strikes against Hamas targets are a complete lie,” his office says in a statement.

Lapid slams Netanyahu for reportedly accepting Gaza truce

The chairman of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid accuses Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of abandoning residents of southern Israel by reportedly accepting an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas.

“Hamas gets to stop the fighting whenever it wants,” he says in a video message posted to Twitter. “Netanyahu convened his cabinet for 7 hours and at the end they decided to abandon the residents of southern Israel and surrender Israeli deterrence.”

Kuwait, Bolivia request urgent UN Security Council meeting on Gaza

Kuwait and Bolivia have requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Diplomats say Kuwait, which represents Arab countries at the council, and Bolivia asked that the closed-door meeting be held later today.

— AFP

At least 108 people wounded in Israel in two days of rocket fire

At least 108 people were hospitalized in Israel over the past two days for wounds and shock caused by the massive rocket bombardment of Israeli towns by Gazan terror groups.

Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon says it has treated 93 people who were hurt in the rocket fire, including two moderately wounded, 46 lightly wounded, and 44 who were treated for shock.

A woman who arrived yesterday in serious condition was transferred from Barzilai to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv, for intensive treatment, the hospital says.

Southern residents protest after Israel reportedly accepts Gaza truce

Residents of southern Israel are protesting after media reports said Israel accepted an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire deal with Hamas amid a major flare-up of violence in and around the Palestinian territory.

Dozens gathered at the entrance to the city of Sderot, burning tires and blocking the road leading to the southern city.

Police say in a statement that officers are being dispatched to disperse the protesters.

Envoy says Israel won’t accept UN call for ‘restraint from both sides’

UN ambassador Danny Danon says Israel will reject calls for both sides to exercise restraint following a major flareup in violence in the Gaza Strip.

Danon says Palestinian terror groups are responsible for the escalation by launching hundreds of rockets into Israel over the past 24 hours.

In a statement, Danon says Israel “will not accept a call for both sides to exercise restraint.”

“There is one side that attacks and fires 400 missiles at civilian populations, and there is another side that protects its citizens,” he says.

US designates son of Hezbollah leader as ‘global terrorist’

The US State Department declares Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, as a “global terrorist” as it steps up pressure on the Lebanese group.

It calls Jawad a “rising leader” of the group who had in recent years recruited people “to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel in the West Bank.”

The State Department also maintains its 21-year-old “Foreign Terrorist Organization” designation of Hezbollah, as the group battles prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri for a powerful role in the new Lebanese government.

— AFP

Gazans flood streets for ‘victory marches’ after truce with Israel said reached

Hours after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas terrorist group reportedly went into effect, thousands of Gaza residents are celebrating reported truce with “victory marches” across the Strip, according to Hadashot news.

Leaders of the Hamas terrorist group praise the barrage of rockets fired into Israel over the last 24 hours, and say that resuming the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire after the major escalation is a major military victory.

“Our rockets have pounded Israel and sent a clear message: Bomb for bomb, blood for blood,” Hamas official Ismail Radwan says according to Hadashot news. “If you attack Gaza and our people, Hamas rockets will find you everywhere, in Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon and Ashdod.”

Hamas praises ceasefire mediators for stopping ‘Zionist aggression’

Hamas is thanking mediators from Egypt, Norway, Qatar, and the United Nations for helping broker a ceasefire deal with Israel after a severe major of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war.

In a statement, the ruling terror group says that while armed groups were “heroically” fighting “Zionist aggression” over the last 24 hours, international mediators worked tirelessly to reach another truce with Israel.

“Hamas expresses its appreciation for these valued efforts, especially the persistent Egyptian role, the UN efforts and the Norwegian and Qatari roles,” the group says in statement.

Opposition leaders slam Netanyahu over reported truce with Hamas

The leaders of the Zionist Union and Yesh Atid are criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for reportedly agreeing to a ceasefire agreement with Hamas following a major flare up in violence over the last 24 hours.

Livni calls the apparent decision to abide by the terms of the Egyptian-brokered truce “a colossal security failure on the part of the right-wing government,” and says the move dealt a “fatal blow to Israel’s deterrence.”

“Tonight it was made clear that the Right has no solution to security, but we do,” Livni says in a statement. “We put it on the table four years ago, and now it needs to be implemented.”

Labor leader Avi Gabbay also levels harsh criticism against Netanyahu, saying that his government’s policy regarding Hamas has failed the residents of Israel.

“For four years, Netanyahu has abandoned residents of the periphery and neglected the issues in Gaza,” he says in a statement.

“The residents of southern Israel shouldn’t have to hear about the ceasefire from Al Jazeera, they deserve genuine leadership that is prepared to look them in the eye and tell them the truth,” Gabbay says.

PA official: Egypt trying to convince Israel to accept Gaza truce

The Palestinian UN ambassador says Egyptian mediators are in Israel trying to get the government to agree on a Gaza cease-fire.

Riyad Mansour, who represents the Western-backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, tells reporters at UN headquarters in New York that “we are grateful for the Egyptians who are mediating.”

The Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas says it agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal. There has been no official word yet from Israel, though a minister indicated that Israel agreed to the truce.

Mansour says “the Palestinian side is holding the quietness in order to allow for the Egyptian efforts to succeed.”

He says Abbas is returning from Kuwait for emergency meetings.

Mansour accuses Israel of starting the cycle of violence with a botched undercover military operation on Sunday.

At the Palestinians’ request, he says, Kuwait and Bolivia have asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Israeli actions. China, the current council president, has called for closed consultations later today.

— AP

Security restrictions removed in south as uncertain calm sets in

The IDF Home Front Command removes all restrictions on residents of southern Israel as an uneasy ceasefire with the Hamas terror group appeared to hold, the army says.

Schools will be reopened on Wednesday, as will all business and government offices.

Farmers will again be allowed to work in their fields.

— Judah Ari Gross

Polls close in tense round 2 of Jerusalem municipal elections

Polls closed tonight at 10 p.m. in the tense Jerusalem mayoral runoff between candidates Moshe Lion and Ofer Berkovitch, with turnout rates in the capital reported at a mere 26.3 percent, in a race largely overshadowed by an outbreak of violence in southern Israel.

According to the Interior Ministry, as of 9:45 p.m., just over one quarter of eligible Jerusalem residents –168,000 of 638,000 — had exercised their right to pick their next mayor.

A second round of municipal voting was held today in 54 cities, towns, and regional councils — areas in which no single candidate garnered at least 40% of the vote on October 30.

The preliminary results are expected to trickle in overnight, with a final count anticipated tomorrow.

— Marissa Newman

IDF: Bus hit by anti-tank missile was near Gaza border against protocol

A preliminary IDF investigation finds that the bus that was struck by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip should not have been so close to the border.

According to reports, the soldiers asked the driver to take them inside the Black Arrow memorial site in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, against army regulations.

The bus was parked at the site in full view of the Gaza border, and dozens of soldiers had just disembarked when the anti-tank guided missile struck the vehicle.

The strike on the bus left a 19-year-old soldier in critical condition. The bus driver was also injured in the attack.

State Department condemns ‘unacceptable’ rocket fire from Gaza

The US State Department says it stands with Israel as it defends itself against the barrage of rockets and mortars fired into Israel by armed groups in the Gaza Strip.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket, missile, and mortar attacks that are taking place from Gaza into Israel,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says at press conference.

“We call for the sustained halt of those attacks. We stand with Israel as Israel defends itself against these attacks. It is simply unacceptable to target civilians.”

Earlier, Gaza terrorist groups announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war. Israel has yet to comment on the ceasefire claims.

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IDF: 460 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza in 25 hours

Over 460 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel over the course of 25 hours, the army says.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted over 100 of them. Most of the rest landed in open fields, but dozens landed inside Israeli cities and towns, killing one person, injuring dozens more and causing significant property damage.

In response to the rocket and mortar attacks, the Israeli military says it targeted approximately 160 sites in the Gaza Strip connected to the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups, including four facilities that the army designated as “key strategic assets.”

— Judah Ari Gross