The moment Israeli warplanes bomb Hamas' Aqsa TV in Gaza Strip


The minister had earlier on Wednesday hinted at his impending resignation from the coalition government of Mr Netanyahu.

Lieberman also said his party was quitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, leaving the premier with only a one-seat majority in Parliament.

"In times of emergency, when making decisions crucial to security, the public can't always be privy to the considerations that must be hidden from the enemy", he said at a ceremony on Wednesday morning in honor of Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion.

The factions said they would abide by the truce as long as Israel would do the same, while it has still not given any official confirmation of the truce. The Israeli leader has come under intense political pressure for not delivering a more decisive blow against Hamas.

"What we have seen in the past 48 hours was very unsafe and no efforts should be spared to avoid similar flare-ups".

The latest death brings to seven the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks in 24 hours.

Sirens wailed in southern Israel, as militants unleashed barrages of rocket and mortar fire, sending residents rushing to shelters. An Israeli lieutenant colonel was killed and another officer was wounded in the action as well.

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In all, some 27 Israelis were wounded, three of them severely. But it also wants a return to the quiet that reigned before Hamas' and Fatah's maneuvers led to violence without having to launch an invasion of the Strip that will lead to the loss of even more life - and more rockets and missiles aimed at Israeli population centers.

Since March 30, Hamas has orchestrated weekly demonstrations and attacks on the security fence alongside Gaza committed in the name of the "right of return" - namely, the Palestinian hope of eradicating the Jewish state by advocating for some five million descendants of the 1948 Palestinian "refugees" to live in Israel. Israeli snipers have killed about 170 people, a lot of them unarmed.

"The residents of Ashkelon have been suffering for years, over 10 years of suffering with the rockets - we have no energy left to deal with the regime that simply doesn't care about the south, we have been silent for years and years, but we will not stay silent anymore", said Israeli protester Vlad Roitberg. The IDF targeted 160 terrorist sites across the Gaza Strip in response.

The agreements had led to calmer protests along the border after months of deadly unrest.

Israel said it was an intelligence-gathering operation and that those efforts must continue to defend the country.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has called for restraint and hopes there will be no renewed violence in Gaza or in any of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Imagine a West Bank as armed and unsafe as Gaza is now, and you are seeing what most Israelis think would be the only logical outcome of a two-state solution under the current circumstances.