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    Live Updates: Rocket Sirens Sound Across Israel Despite Reports of Ceasefire With Gaza

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    The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Palestinian militants clashed earlier in the week, with tensions escalating after the army eliminated commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Baha Abu al-Ata.

    Clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants are expected to continue, as alarm sirens sounded in Kibbutzim Erez, Yad Mordechai, and in Moshav Netiv HaAsara this morning, according to official information.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health, meanwhile, has reported that at least 32 people have died since the beginning of the Israeli airstrikes this week.

    Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel, as seen from the city of Ashkelon, Israel, November 13, 2019
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    Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel, as seen from the city of Ashkelon, Israel, November 13, 2019

    According to local media, citing sources, the Islamic Jihad greenlighted a ceasefire, brokered by Egyptian mediators, with the IDF allegedly pledging to suspend the operation against the group if the militants stop firing rockets at Israel. Tel Aviv is reportedly demanding that Palestinians cancel the March of Return rallies, scheduled for this Friday.

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    ceasefire, Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Islamic Jihad, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Gaza border, Gaza Strip, Gaza, Israel
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