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Hamas announces Egyptian-brokered truce with Israel

Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a truce.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was ordered up Monday following yet another exchange of fire — which saw Hamas rockets slamming into targets near Tel Aviv and retaliatory strikes from Israeli warplanes.

Palestinian officials confirmed the reported truce with local media outlets, including Al Jazeera and Reuters. But Israel has yet to comment.

“Egyptian efforts succeeded with a ceasefire between the occupation and the resistance factions,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

Israeli warplanes have been conducting air raids across the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack that took place near Tel Aviv early Monday. Seven people were reportedly injured, including three children.

Israel has mostly been targeting military buildings and empty training camps, according to Al Jazeera. Five Palestinians were reportedly injured in the Israeli air strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been visiting the US, has said that he plans to fly home and deal with the situation after meeting with President Trump.

“Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate this,” Netanyahu said Monday. “And as we speak…Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression.”

Trump told reporters on Monday that the US “recognizes Israel’s absolute right to defend itself.”

“We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv,” Trump said, calling the US-Israel relationship an “unbreakable alliance.”

“Israel has never had a better friend than you,” Netanyahu told Trump. “You show this time and time again.”

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