Israel Announces Ceasefire After 11 Days of Fierce Battle With Hamas in Gaza

Israel Announces Ceasefire After 11 Days of Fierce Battle With Hamas in Gaza
A missile falls as smoke rises near a tower housing AP, Al Jazeera offices (C) during Israeli missile strikes in Gaza city, May 15, 2021.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ASHRAF ABU AMRAH)

The Israeli security cabinet voted to accept a ceasefire late Thursday as the Israeli south and Gaza remain inflamed.
Sources from the cabinet meeting said that the IDF will cease airstrikes on Gaza immediately. However, in the case Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel, the IDF will return to full operational activities in the Gaza Strip and the ceasefire will be cancelled immediately, N12 reported.
Top international envoys had worked feverishly to end the war while Israel’s security cabinet debated the details of a restoration of calm in a late-night meeting.
Israeli media reported that Israel was accepting the truce on the principle of “quiet would be met by quiet.”
A security source from Egypt – which had been mediating between the warring parties – said they had agreed in principle to a mutual halt of fighting, but details still needed to be worked out.
US President Joe Biden spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about ceasefire efforts.
According to Kan News, Israel’s National Security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, received a proposal from the Egyptians for a restoration of calm. Egypt along with the UN and others were working on a truce 11 days after Hamas escalated tensions by launching rockets at Jerusalem.

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Source: Jerusalem Post

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