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Israel and Hamas Try a New Approach in Gaza

Nov 15, 2019 | 22:53 GMT
This picture shows the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Nov. 12.

This picture shows the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Nov. 12.

(YOUSEF MASOUD/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Forty-eight hours after an Israeli airstrike that killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad's (PIJ) leader in the Gaza Strip, Baha Abu al-Ata, and a simultaneous strike against a PIJ target in Damascus that sparked a back-and-forth exchange of rockets and airstrikes between Gaza and Israel, the PIJ reached a fragile cease-fire with Israel Defense Forces early Nov. 14. Hamas stayed on the sidelines of the recent violence, the result of an apparent strategic shift for Israel and Hamas....

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