Hamas rulers, Gaza militants, and Israel appear to be fulfilling a ceasefire that ended two days of an intense outbreak of violence amid the efforts of neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.
The Israeli army said on Friday that no rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel overnight and that it did not carry out air strikes.
The Palestinian media led by Hamas reported that a negotiated agreement with Egypt had been established on the basis of mutual calm, however, the Israeli government has not confirmed such a truce.
The Israeli defense system Iron Dome launches an interceptor missile while rockets are launched from Gaza towards the southern city of Sderot
The rubble of the Said Al-Mashal Foundation for the construction of Arts and Culture after the Israeli forces carried out air strikes in the capital of the strip
A wounded Palestinian child is taken to al-Shifa hospital on Thursday after the Israeli air strike on Gaza City
Smoke rises from buildings in Gaza after Israeli air strikes fell on independently governed territory in what the government says was a reprisal for Hamas strikes.
This week's fighting caused Israel to hit some 150 Hamas installations in retaliation for the "180 rockets and mortar bombs" allegedly launched from the strip on Wednesday night.
Israeli air strikes killed three Palestinians on Wednesday night, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter.
An Israeli army source warned on Thursday that "a full-blown military confrontation was about to take place in the Gaza Strip" and that his government could begin evacuating citizens near the border.
On Thursday night, at least two rockets allegedly fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Thursday night, according to the country's authorities, including on the outskirts of Beersheba.
Although no one was injured, it was the first time since 2014 that a rocket penetrated into the depths of the country, according to the country's media.
Children roam the smoky streets of Gaza after the bombing today while the Israelis said they were retaliating against Hamas attacks.
Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike at the cultural center Saidd al-Mis & # 39; hal in Gaza City on Thursday
People inspect the rubble of a building after it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Thursday
The Palestinians inspect the ruins of the Said al-Mishal Cultural Center building, which was completely destroyed
A child crawls on the rubble of the building of the cultural center that was destroyed by the Israeli air strike
An aerial view of the remains of the Said al-Mishal Cultural Center in the west of Gaza City after the air attack
Shortly thereafter, an Israeli air strike crushed the five-story cultural center in the Shati refugee camp, a crowded neighborhood in Gaza City.
The air strike unleashed a powerful explosion and sent a large cloud of black smoke into the air, causing the crowds to scream in panic. Medical officials said at least seven people were injured.
The building is home to a popular theater and exhibits plays and other shows daily. An Egyptian-Palestinian cultural society also has an office in the building.
"The deliberate attack on a cultural center with air strikes and destruction … is a barbaric act," Hazem Qassem, Hamas spokesman, said. He said the destruction of the Egyptian cultural office was "an Israeli attempt to sabotage" the Egyptian ceasefire efforts.
The Israeli army said the building served as a Palestinian military installation. The Hamas Ministry of the Interior, including its secret police, has offices in an adjacent site, but those offices were not reached.
Before the tensions calmed down, a senior Israel Defense Forces official told the Times of Israel: "We are quickly approaching a confrontation. Hamas is making serious mistakes, and maybe we should make it clear after four years that this path does not work and it's not worth it. "
People inspect the remains of the Said Al-Mashal Foundation for the development of Arts and Culture after Israeli forces carried out air strikes in the western part of Gaza City.
Palestinians came out en masse to carry the bodies of an 18-month-old girl and her pregnant mother after officers said they were killed in an Israeli air strike on Thursday
The mourners gather around the coffin, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, while the mother and daughter were taken to the center of the runway after the Israeli bombing.
Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Enas Khammash, 23, and his daughter Bayan, 18 months, during his funeral in Deir Al-Balah
Palestinians inspect the ruins of the Said Al-Mashal Foundation for the construction of Arts and Culture after Israeli forces bombed the western part of Gaza City
Gazans study the destruction caused by Israeli forces while bombing the strip in retaliation for alleged Hamas strikes
Palestinians are walking through the smoke-filled streets of Gaza after the Israelis bombed the western part of Gaza Strip today
An explosion throws Gaza after an Israeli air strike tonight after the firing of rockets from the enclave
The explosions were heard in Gaza City last Wednesday, leaving several people injured
On Thursday, mourners in Gaza carried the bodies of Bayan Khammash, 18 months old, and his pregnant mother, Enas, 23, after they died in an air strike.
The coffin was carried through Deir Al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, after Enas's husband was wounded in the bombing, according to officials in the autonomous territory.
The United Nations called on Wednesday night to the parties to back down "from the edge". It was the third major escalation since July and came despite attempts by UN and Egyptian officials to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that operates the Gaza Strip.
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes at Hamas sites in Gaza City
The smoke plumes rise after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City tonight. Injuries were reported on both sides of the conflict
An explosion begins to rise in the air over Gaza City after an Israeli missile detonated there on Wednesday afternoon
Israel and Hamas have waged three wars since 2008. In yesterday's skirmishes, smoke plumes could be seen leaving Gaza City after the army's announcement that it was targeting "terror sites in the Gaza Strip."
The attacks came after two rockets launched from the coastal enclave struck the city of Sderot, near the northern border of Gaza, police and army said.
One person was slightly injured by the shrapnel while several others were treated by surprise in Sderot, said the United Hatzalah medical service.
Sirens sounded in several areas near the Gaza border, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli military said.
"As of now, 36 rocket launches were identified from Gaza to Israel," the army wrote on Twitter. The majority hit open areas while four were intercepted, he said. Israel says it blames Hamas for all the shots fired from the long-blocked coastal territory.
Boys walk past a fence in the Israeli city of Sderot, damaged by a round of rocket fire from Gaza last month
Israeli television broadcast images of a house and cars allegedly damaged by rockets in Sderot. Some parts of the city have been closed and the police's bomb disposal units were in the place of the attacks, a spokesman for the force said.
The attacks came after two fighters from the Hamas military wing, which rules Gaza, were killed by Israeli gunfire on Tuesday.
Hamas warned Israel, with which it has waged three wars since 2008, that would pay for the attack. The escalation comes after Hamas leaders met for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.
The meeting raised hopes for an agreement for a lasting truce with Israel, with the backing of Egypt and the United Nations.
Clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have killed at least 160 Palestinians by Israeli fire. A Palestinian sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier.