Hamas, Israel reach agreement on ceasefire
Israel and Hamas have agreed on a ceasefire, ending 11-day crisis in occupied Palestinian territories. Egypt brokered the truce as the both sides confirmed the development.
People took to the streets in Gaza and the West Bank where celebrations were witnessed after the ceasefire was announced in the early hours of Friday.
At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women, were killed during Israel’s deadly air raids on Gaza following its violent crackdown against protestors in the West Bank.
The 11-day campaign of Israeli forces devastated thousands in occupied Palestinian territories. Human rights groups and international media were expressing concerns related to war crimes and ethic cleansing while urging Israel to adopt a ceasefire policy.
Tensions intensified almost two weeks ago when Hamas fired rockets into Israel as it responded to the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem where Palestinians were protesting forced mass evictions in Sheikh Jarrah (West Bank).
Meanwhile, Israel reported 12 deaths including two children as result of retaliation attempts from Hamas and other pro-Palestinians armed groups.