Israel and Hamas agreed to stop the fighting, says a Palestinian source, after a bombardment of Gaza in retaliation for missiles allegedly fired from the territory.
Israel had attacked a number of sites in retaliation for & # 39; 180 rockets & mortar bombs & # 39; supposedly fired from the strip. He warned today that he was close to a "full-fledged military confrontation in the Gaza Strip" and that his government could begin evacuating citizens near the border.
The Israeli army said its plane attacked 150 Hamas facilities during the night, but offered no further comment on casualties.
The strike leveled a building in Gaza City, where Palestinians were seen inspecting the remains of the Said Al-Mashal Foundation for Arts and Culture. The strike in the western part of the city injured 18 people.
A Hamas militant also died in the night attacks and at least 12 others were injured, the Health Ministry said.
At least two rockets 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.
Gaza militants halted rocket launches around noon, and a Palestinian official said they "consider this round of escalation to be over."
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. "
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
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.
Children roam the smoky streets of Gaza after the bombing today while the Israelis said they were retaliating against Hamas attacks.
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 Israeli defense system Iron Dome launches an interceptor missile while rockets are launched from Gaza towards the southern city of Sderot
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.
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.
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
The mourners in Gaza carried the bodies of Bayan Khammash, 18 months old, and his pregnant mother, Enas, 23 years old, 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.