Israeli Warplanes Bomb North Gaza

Israeli warplanes bombed the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, causing damage but no injuries, casting uncertainty over a truce deal agreed 24 hours earlier.

Israeli airstrikes hit an open area west of Gaza City, sparking a large fire that burned down a wood warehouse and damaged nearby homes, a Ma’an correspondent said.

Palestinian Civil Defense forces said firefighters spent two and a half hours putting out the blaze.

An Israeli army statement said the strike "targeted two terror activity sites … in response to the rockets fired at Israel over the past day."

Eight rockets hit southern Gaza on Tuesday, injuring an Israeli and damaging cars, a military spokesman said.

Four days of Israeli airstrikes killed 25 Palestinians and wounded more than 80 since Friday, and Gaza militants fired a volley of rockets into Israel, wounding eight Israelis.

Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees said Tuesday they had agreed to an Egypt-brokered deal to end hostilities.

An Egyptian official said a truce to end the violence was in effect since 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT) Tuesday morning.

(Ma’an News)

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