"The unfortunate situation is Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are able to smuggle into the Gaza strip as well as produce substantial amounts of rockets of different calibers cable of striking Israeli civilians", said IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus.
Armed factions in Gaza said that they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel that took hold in the early hours of Monday morning, after militants fired more than 600 rockets toward Israel, which responded with airstrikes.
After two days of violence that saw almost 700 rockets fired from the Strip and claimed lives of four Israelis and 25 Palestinians, Israeli army lifts restrictions for the South, reports Haaretz. Bezalel Smotrich of the far-right Union of Right-Wing Parties (URWP) stated the operations should've ended with "as many dead terrorists" as launched rockets, while Likud party member Gideon Sa'ar said a ceasefire is "no achievement" for Israel. U.S. president Donald Trump meanwhile assured Israel on Sunday that it had Washington's full support against "these terrorist acts".
The IDF also blew up a PIJ tunnel that the IDF says would have been used to carry out terror attacks inside Israel.
Despite ceasefire reports, Israeli authorities have made a decision to keep schools in southern Israel-within a 40-kilometer (25-mile) radius of Gaza-closed for the day, according to the Times of Israel.
His comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered military strikes on the Gaza Strip over the weekend after rocket attacks.
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The escalation began Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, and continued throughout Sunday.
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In Gaza, meanwhile, the economy has been ravaged by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, years of fighting with Israel and Hamas' isolation and mismanagement.
Many of Israel's politicians called for less restraint in the army's responses.
Palestinians walk by a house following a late night Israeli missile strike in town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, May. "We struck at terrorist leaders and operatives and we destroyed terrorist buildings", Netanyahu said. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Egypt and the United Nations, had led to relative calm around Israel's April 9 general election.
In November, the Gulf state, which is a longtime Hamas ally, committed to providing around $15 million a month in aid to Gaza over six months.