Israel reaches ceasefire in Gaza after two days of violence

The report comes after over 700 Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets entered Israeli territory.

May 6, 2019 14:55
Israel reaches ceasefire in Gaza after two days of violence

The family home hit by Hamas rocket . (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI)


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Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced on Monday morning that a ceasefire has been reached with Israel. The ceasefire goes into effect at 4:30 am, the groups said.

Israel did not immediately comment on the announcement, but later in the morning the Home Front Command lifted all restrictions for Gaza border residents implying a ceasefire was agreed upon.

Hamas said that that "the past few hours saw intensive diplomatic efforts" to achieve a ceasefire agreement. The United Nations, Qatar and Egypt took part in the efforts, Hamas added.

Abu Mujahed, spokesman for the Palestinian Resistance Committees, a coalition of various terror groups in the Gaza Strip, confirmed that the ceasefire went into effect at 4:30 am Monday. "The ceasefire agreement was reached on condition that the occupation implements the previous understandings to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip," he said.

Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV confirmed the ceasefire report. A senior Islamic Jihad official in the Gaza Strip also confirmed that a ceasefire has been reached to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip. The agreement, he said, requires Israel to implement the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire understandings with the Gaza-based groups.‭‮

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