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What’s behind recent escalation between Gaza, Israel?

Egypt and Qatar broker a cease-fire following the deaths of 27 Palestinians and four Israelis, but will the blockade on Gaza ease as a result?
Rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel, in Gaza May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem - RC1917143790

A cease-fire came into effect the morning of May 6 after three days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant factions in Gaza that led to the deaths of 27 Palestinians and four Israelis.

The cease-fire, which was mediated by Egypt and Qatar, was based on Israel easing the blockade in accordance with understandings previously reached with Palestinian factions, Palestinian officials said.

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