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One of Islamic Jihad's leaders in Gaza said on Sunday that the group was trying to counter efforts by the United States to revive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "We support Israel 100 per cent in its defense of its citizens", he said.

Republicans were harsh to condemn freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who tweeted Sunday night about this weekend's violence in Israel, the worst in a string of flare-ups since a 2014 war.

"If you read the mainstream American media, you would think that what started the latest flare up was Hamas launching rockets and that's where this all began", Plitnick told Radio Sputnik's By Any Means Necessary on Monday, explaining that things came to a boil because Israeli snipers killed two Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return protests. Included among the deceased in Gaza are eight members of the armed wing of Islamic Jihad - the Quds Brigade - a spokesman for the group said.

Proving they are not acting in good faith, not long after agreeing to a cease-fire with Israel, which lifted restrictions for civilians as a result of the agreement, Hamas sent an arson balloon into the Jewish nation. According to the Jerusalem Post, Qatar and Egypt helped broker the deal.

Israel, which has in the past focused attacks on destroying buildings, began to direct strikes against militants and in one case, carried out a targeted assassination against a Hamas commander, Ahmed Khudari. The third theory even speculates that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), which is taking place next week in Tel Aviv, is a target.

Israel's military said some 690 rockets and other projectiles have been fired over the Gaza frontier since Saturday, with more than 240 intercepted by its air defence system.

With Gaza's beleaguered population of 2 million people increasingly turning its frustrations toward Hamas, the organization has been desperate to secure an easing of Israeli restrictions, particularly as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approached.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies who have fought three wars since the Islamic group seized control of Gaza from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007.

"It is clear that this is not the end of the battle, and therefore I ordered preparations for the continuation, [including] keeping armored and artillery forces around the Gaza Strip", the prime minister said.

In February, she insinuated in a tweet that politicians in the US were bought by AIPAC, the non-partisan group seeking to foster relations between the USA and Israel.

Palestinians gather around a building hit by an Israeli air strike, in the southern Gaza Strip on May 5, 2019.

As of Sunday afternoon, reports from the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza indicated that 25 Palestinians, including a four-month and 14-month-old girl, two pregnant women, and a 12-year-old boy were killed in the strikes.

One conservative commenter chose to give Omar a short lesson in history, noting succinctly, "Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005". It took CNN another six paragraphs to reveal that Israeli airstrikes killed a pregnant Palestinian woman.

Twenty-five Palestinians, including at least 10 militants, and four Israeli civilians were killed before a ceasefire was reached Monday.


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