Palestinian mourners carry the body of 23-year-old Naji Ghonaim during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 30, 2018. AFP / SAID KHATIB
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The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet Wednesday under a de facto cease-fire after the most intense flare-up of hostilities between Palestinian armed groups and Israel since the 2014 War. Fighters from Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired dozens of rockets and mortar bombs at southern Israel throughout Tuesday and into the night, to which Israel responded with tank and airstrikes on more than 50 targets in the small, coastal enclave.There were no reports of further attacks after Hamas announced early Wednesday that it would cease its fire if Israel did the same.Israel signaled it would halt its strikes if the rocket barrages stopped.Hamas did not launch long-range rockets at Israel's heartland, even as salvos from Gaza interrupted daily life in small Israeli border communities.Hamas had for the most part abided by an Egyptian-brokered truce that ended the seven-week Gaza war four years ago.
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