A Palestinian man inspects a Hamas site that was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Al-Mughraqa on the outskirts of Gaza City August 9, 2018.
Israel's latest attack on Gaza was characterized as the largest escalation since 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians in a seven-week military operation.
According to Israeli press reports, a total of nine Israelis have recently been injured by rockets fired from Gaza.
Abu Mujahed, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committee, a smaller faction in Gaza, said on his Facebook page: "Upon Egyptian and worldwide efforts, a ceasefire between Palestinian resistance began conditional on the commitment of the occupation".
The building was not publicly known to include facilities for Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.
Gaza militants had at around noon halted fire after targeting Israel with some 180 rockets and mortars beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday.
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Three Palestinians have been killed, including a pregnant woman and her 18-month old daughter, according to the health ministry in Gaza. But at least 11 Israelis were injured after projectiles slammed into residential areas, blowing out windows and leaving cars and buildings pockmarked with shrapnel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered the army to take unspecified "strong action" as military units reinforced the border ahead of a possible escalation in fighting with Palestinians.
The 140-square-mile strip, under partial blockade by Israel for more than a decade, suffers from chronic unemployment and a lack of infrastructure and services.
Most of the rockets fired by Palestinian militants landed in open areas, but at least two hit the Israeli town of Sderot and sirens sounded throughout the night.
While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU.
The ceasefire reports came just an hour after the security cabinet completed a four-hour meeting on Gaza, instructing the military to "continue acting forcefully" against terror groups in the Strip. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.
"Bayan was sleeping with her mother and father. The rocket hit their house and smashed it, you can see the damage", said Abdullah Khammash, 31, a cousin of the woman and child killed. A vehicle parked nearby was smashed. "In response, the IDF targeted over 150 terror targets in the Gaza Strip", the IDF said on Twitter.
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"What I can say is that we targeted by definition only military targets that were clearly used by Hamas where there was an active presence of Hamas and nothing else", he told journalists on Thursday morning.
An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery set up in the Southern Israeli city of Sderot fires an intercepting missile on August 9, 2018.
Mladenov warned that "if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".
The three flare-ups since July, which follow months of tensions due to protests and clashes along the Gaza border, have raised fears of a fourth war between the two sides since 2008.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the global community to "immediately and urgently intervene". This comes less than 24 hours after Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinians on Wednesday night.
Protests and clashes along the Gaza border began on March 30.
Thursday's events are the latest in a series of severe flare ups over the past few months in Gaza, leading many local and global officials to speculate that another large-scale Israeli offensive on the Palestinian territory could be imminent.
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The third slain Palestinian, reportedly a Hamas fighter, was killed in an airstrike in northern Gaza.