Israel And Gaza Militants Agree To Tentative Cease-Fire After Violence

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Israel And Gaza Militants Agree To Tentative Cease-Fire After Violence
Over the weekend Israel Defense Forces said Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired roughly 690 rockets toward Israel.
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A tentative cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militants appears to be in place after a weekend of violence. The truce was reportedly mediated by the UN and Egypt. 

One government official said Israel is "committed to restoring the residents' quiet and security." 

That echoes a sentiment from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said in a tweet that "the goal has been — and remains — ensuring quiet and security for the residents of the south."

Over the weekend Israel Defense Forces said Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired roughly 690 rockets toward Israel. The country responded by targeting 350 Islamic Jihad and Hamas targets. Twenty-three people were killed in Gaza, and IDF reports four Israeli civilians were killed. 

The UN's secretary general condemned "in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centers." 

News outlets report the weekend violence was the worst since 2014. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.