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Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas Begins Near Gaza Strip After Threat Of War

Reuters

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Vandana Rambaran Political Reporter

Israel and Hamas entered into the first day of ceasefire near the Gaza strip on Saturday after the Israeli military retaliated against the terrorist organization, blaming them for the death of a 20-year-old Israeli soldier who was shot and killed at the border fence on Friday.

“At the end of an assessment by the southern command this morning it was decided to maintain a full civilian routine in the communities close to the Gaza strip,” the Israeli army announced on Saturday morning. Still, the fighting continued even after the announcement, as the Israeli army targeted Hamas fighters with tank fire after they allegedly attempted to cross into Israel from Gaza.

The soldier’s death marks the first of Israeli origin since the beginning of the violent Palestinian protests near the border between Gaza and Israel called the “Great March of Return,” where Palestinians are fighting over imposed blockades at the Gaza Strip as well as the U.S. decision to  move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Over 130 Palestinians have been killed over the past several months since the protests began in March, according to the Washington Post. (RELATED: 15-Year-Old Palestinian Shot To Death By Israeli Forces Near The Gaza Strip)

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