Palestinian militants agree truce after exchange of fire with Israel

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Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant group, implicitly claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

It said about 10 rockets were intercepted by its Iron Dome rocket defense system, two landed prematurely in Gaza and the rest fell in open areas.

The Israeli army said some suspects briefly crossed the fence.

It was not immediately clear whether Islamic Jihad, which sometimes acts independently of Hamas, had coordinated the rocket fire with Hamas.

Following the exchanges, Islamic Jihad's media office announced on Saturday morning that it had accepted an Egypt-mediated ceasefire with Israel.

"We will abide by the cease-fire if the enemy does the same", the Gaza-based militant group said in a statement, while also vowing to "protect the resistance and its position that if attacked will respond to blood with blood".

It said it would halt its fire if Israel did the same.

Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, had previously scaled down the protests as Egypt stepped up its efforts to secure calm.

It also called for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip".

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Three of the men were shot dead east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, while one was killed east of Jabalia in the north of the coastal territory, the health ministry said.

Conricus said that Israel had struck over 80 sites across Gaza, including training camps, weapons storage facilities and a Hamas security headquarters building. Gen. Ronen Manelis reiterated that Israel considers the terror group responsible as Gaza's rulers. More than 200 people were injured in the clashes, Health officials said; of those, 180 were injured by live ammunition.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and much of the worldwide community considers the Islamist movement a terrorist organisation.

US President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt is slated to visit Israel in the coming week, notwithstanding the lack of a firm release date for the president's "deal of the century" peace plan.

They are also protesting over Israel's crippling blockade of Gaza. "Violence will not build futures for anyone", he said on Twitter.

A fifth died when a hand grenade he was holding exploded accidentally, witnesses said.

Since the marches began six months ago, at least 160 Palestinians present or taking part in the protests have been killed.

The Israeli-Palestinian relations have always been tense over their territorial conflict, with Palestine seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in a 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now inside the Jewish state. It says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of exploiting young protesters and encouraging them to risk their lives in order to increase pressure to ease the blockade.

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