Israel pounds Gaza, killing a pregnant woman and her child

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Almost 160 Palestinians have been killed and some 17,500 others wounded in the fresh wave of violence, according to the latest figures released by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Earlier this week two of its militants were killed after Israel shelled a Hamas border post in northern Gaza.

A pregnant Palestinian woman and her toddler were also reported by the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip of having been killed in the IAF retaliatory strikes.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA, citing health sources, reported at least 12 Palestinians were wounded.

Israel and Gaza have gone to war three times over the past decade, and the two sides are working quickly toward a cease-fire to prevent another one.

Sirens were sounded in several Israeli areas close to the border with Gaza, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli army said.

"This is a blatant crime and Israel is responsible for it", he said.

The Israel Defense Forces said mounting violence began Wednesday after militants shot at an IDF vehicle in the Gaza Strip.

The Iron Dome defense system intercepted 30 rockets, while several of the explosive projectiles fell inside Israeli towns, causing several injuries - some of them serious - and extensive damage. The three flare-ups, which follow months of tensions due to protests and clashes along the Gaza border, have raised fears of a fourth war between the two sides since 2008.

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The Israeli army has killed at least 158 Palestinians during those protests, and a Gaza sniper killed an Israeli soldier.

A baby and her pregnant mother were among three Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza overnight Wednesday, officials said, as the Jewish state struck a series of targets. At least eight other civilians in Gaza were also injured, the ministry said.

"I very much hope that we are on the brink of a new day on the matter of Gaza", he told reporters.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli warplanes targeted and bombed about 140 locations throughout the Gaza Strip.

An explosion is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2018.

"Factions of the resistance consider this round of escalation over as far as we are concerned, and the continuation of calm depends on the behavior of the occupation", the official said, using militant factions' term for Israel.

The Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs (security cabinet) meeting ended Thursday night after four hours of discussing the situation in Gaza. "What is required is for calm to be restored along the border between us and the Zionist enemy".

The nearly daily airborne arson attacks have been part of months of weekly border protests led by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after it took control of the territory in 2007.

Israel and Hamas have reached a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt Thursday night that went into effect at 10:45pm, Al Jazeera reported.

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