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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.
In two days of fighting, more than 600 rockets were launched at Israel, while the Israeli army struck hundreds of targets in the Strip. Four Israelis were killed and four were wounded as rockets fell on the south of Israel. 23 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two infants, were killed, as Israeli struck hundreds of targets in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointedly noted that “the campaign is not over, and it requires patience and judgment.”
The intense fighting over the past two days came to a halt in the early morning hours and residents on both sides went back to their daily routines. The IDF said that as of 7 a.m., “all protective restrictions in the home front will be lifted.”