A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza has entered into force

The truce was reached with the active mediation of Egypt after 11 days of exchange of missile strikes.

The ceasefire came into force on Friday at 02:00 Palestinian and Israeli time between Israel and Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Al-Aqsa TV channel, the Gaza Strip is actively celebrating the “victory of the resistance” in the battle, which the Palestinian groups called “Seif al-Quds” (“Sword of Jerusalem”). Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Ramallah with Palestinian flags, and fireworks are being fired into the sky to mark the end of hostilities.

The truce was reached with the active mediation of Egypt after 11 days of an exchange of missile strikes. On Thursday evening, Israel’s narrow military-political cabinet approved a unilateral cease-fire at a special meeting. The Hamas movement agreed to a truce under the mediation of Cairo.

According to Egyptian state television, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instructed to send two delegations to Palestine and Israel to monitor the implementation of the truce in Gaza. As an official source in Cairo explained, “one group is already in Ramallah, it has been in contact with the Palestinian side to achieve a ceasefire, the second should urgently move to Tel Aviv.” The Egyptian representatives should monitor the procedure for implementing the agreements, as well as agree on follow-up measures that will allow maintaining the stability of the situation on an ongoing basis. Meanwhile, the intense exchange of rocket attacks between the parties to the conflict continued until the last moment – 12 minutes before the truce came into force, the Israeli army reported new attacks on southern areas.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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