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Israel, Palestinians leave for Gaza truce on Sunday night

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Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell

GAZA/JERUSALEM — Islamic jihad militant groups in Israel and Palestine agreed to a Cairo-brokered truce late Sunday. Both sides said they were raising hopes of an end to his most severe flare-up in more than a year on the Gaza frontier.

Since Friday, Israeli forces have attacked Palestinian targets throughout the weekend, triggering long-range rocket attacks on Palestinian cities. Islamic Jihad and the Israeli government said in separate statements.

Although the recent clashes echo the precursors of the previous Gaza War, Hamas, the ruling Islamist group in the Gaza Strip, and Iran-backed Islam as a stronger force than relatively contained. Jihad has not gone out so far.

A Gaza official said he had killed 43 Palestinians so far. Nearly half of them are civilians, including children. Rockets have threatened much of southern Israel, sending residents of cities such as Tel Aviv and Ashkelon to shelters.

Israel launched a so-called preemptive strike on Friday in what is believed to be an Islamic jihadist strike intended to avenge the arrest of group leader Bassam al-Saadi in the occupied West Bank. started.

In response, Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets into Israel. The group said the ceasefire would include Al-Saadi's release. Israeli officials did not immediately comment.

Islamic Jihad extended range and opened fire on Jerusalem on Sunday. It described this as retaliation for the overnight killing of a commander in southern Gaza by Israel. in battle.

Israel said an Iron Dome interceptor, whose military had shown a 97% success rate for him, shot down a rocket just west of the city.

Palestinians have again seen a surge in bloodshed after raking the ruins of their homes to retrieve furniture and documents after the outbreak of war in 2008-2009, 2012, 2014 and last year.

``Who wants war? A Gaza taxi driver who identified himself as Abu Mohammad said: "An eye for an eye."

(Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta Ramallah; Dan Williams of Jerusalem and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan of Cairo; writing by Dan Williams; editing by Mark Heinrich, John Stonestreet, and Diane Craft)