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, Palestinians survey a destroyed residential building hit by Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

14 of November 2018 18:38:02

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

A prominent Palestinian human rights group says dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in Israel's two-day offensive in the Gaza Strip this week.

The Israeli military says it hit 160 targets, saying they were militant facilities like training camps, weapons facilities or military command centers.

But the Palestinian Center for Human Rights says three houses and a six-story apartment building were destroyed. Dozens of other homes near Israeli targets were damaged.

In the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, two bombs destroyed all 18 apartments in the Yazji building. A kindergarten in the building was severely damaged.

Children's crayon paintings were charred, and baby bottles were strewn among the debris.

"What is there in a kindergarten to be targeted," said Mariam Hamed, a parent. "No place is safe in Gaza."

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8:10 p.m.

Israeli demonstrators have blocked roads in two southern cities to protest the cease-fire deal with Hamas.

Protesters set bonfires in the southern town of Sderot on Wednesday night, while about 70 people took to the streets in the city of Ashkelon, waving Israeli flags and calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

Netanyahu has come under heavy criticism for agreeing to a cease-fire with Hamas after two days of heavy fighting. His defense minister resigned in protest on Wednesday, sparking a political crisis.

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4:40 p.m.

The Israeli military says a Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip was illegally advancing toward the security fence dividing Gaza and Israel.

The military said in a statement that the army shot him Wednesday in adherence with military protocol for anyone approaching the fence at that range.

The fishermen's union says the 20-year-old man was working on the beach near the land-maritime fence separating Gaza from Israel when he was shot in the stomach.

It marks the first fatality since Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies toward the brink of another war.

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3:30 p.m.

Palestinian officials say a Gaza fisherman has been killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip.

The fishermen's union says the 20-year-old man was working Wednesday on the beach near the land maritime fence separating Gaza from Israel when he was shot in the stomach.

It marks the first fatality since Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies toward the brink of another war.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel in a 24-hour period, while Israel carried out airstrikes on 160 Gaza targets. Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed. In Israel, one person was killed in a rocket strike.

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3:25 p.m.

The leader of a major Israeli opposition party says the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman shows that the current government has run its course.

Yaid Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, says Wednesday "the countdown has begun" to the end of Benjamin Netanyahu's term in office. Lapid considers himself a potential successor to the longtime Israeli leader.

Lapid says "the journey to restore security, responsibility and leadership for Israel begins today."

Lieberman's resignation significantly weakens Netanyahu's ruling coalition government and appears likely to bring about an early election.

Lieberman says the cease-fire reached with Gaza's Hamas rulers was "surrender to terrorism." Lieberman had demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014.

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2 p.m.

Hamas says the resignation of Israel's defense minister after a two-day bout of heavy fighting is a "political victory for Gaza."

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says Avigdor Lieberman's resignation Wednesday marked "recognition of defeat and failure to confront the Palestinian resistance." He says "Gaza's steadfastness sent a political shockwave" in Israel.

Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants on Tuesday. Lieberman had advocated for a more decisive blow against Hamas in response to the fiercest wave of rocket attacks against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014.

The latest fighting was triggered by a botched Israeli raid into Gaza on Sunday that ignited clashes and left seven Palestinian militants and a senior Israeli officer dead.

Lieberman's resignation delivers a major blow to Israel's ruling coalition and appears likely to spark early elections.

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1:15 p.m.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants.

Lieberman's resignation Wednesday significantly weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition government and could bring about an early election.

Lieberman says the cease-fire reached with Gaza's Hamas rulers was a "surrender to terrorism." Lieberman has demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014. He says he also fiercely objected to Israel's allowing Qatar to deliver $15 million in aid to Gaza last week.

Lieberman's resignation will go into effect in 48 hours. Netanyahu will take over on an interim basis.

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Noon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Gaza's militant Hamas rulers "begged for a cease-fire and they know why."

His comments Wednesday at a memorial service for Israel's first leader, David Ben-Gurion, were his first since the two sides ended their most intense round of fighting since a 50-day war in 2014.

Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel in a 24-hour period, while the Israeli military carried out airstrikes on 160 Gaza targets. Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed. In Israel, one person was killed in a rocket strike and three were critically wounded.

Netanyahu has come under heavy political pressure for not delivering a more decisive blow against Hamas. He responded that "leadership is not doing the easy thing; it is doing the right thing."

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10:00 a.m.

The Israeli military says it has shot at and captured a Palestinian who approached the Gaza perimeter fence and hurled grenades into Israel.

Wednesday's incident marked the first unrest since Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies to the brink of another war.

The military says it spotted the assailant with a knife and wire cutters. The grenades he hurled failed to explode.

The Israeli military says Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel in a 24-hour period, while it carried out airstrikes on 160 Gaza targets. Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed. In Israel, one person was killed in a rocket strike and three were critically wounded.


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