Israel, Palestinian Militants Agree Gaza Truce: Reports – POLITICO

A truce in Gaza beginning Sunday evening was agreed by Israel and Palestinian militants, mediated by Egypt, after three days of fighting, according to media reports.

Israel agreed to Egypt’s ceasefire plan after saying it had achieved most of its military objectives during the three-day campaign, which began Friday afternoon, according to reports.

The Times of Israel quoted a senior Middle Eastern diplomat as saying the agreed ceasefire was to begin at 11:30 p.m. local time. The Associated Press reported that officials from Gaza’s ruling Islamic Jihad and Hamas, speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested a truce would come into effect Sunday evening.

“We appreciate the Egyptian efforts that have been made to end the Israeli aggression against our people,” Islamic Jihad spokesman Tareq Selmi told Reuters.

Israel launched its operation with a Friday strike on a senior Islamic Jihad commander. A second senior commander of the militant group was killed overnight, amid continued fighting between Israel and the Palestinians. At least 30 Palestinians have been killed since Friday.

Palestinian militants fired rockets towards Jerusalem on Sunday, Reuters reported, as Israel continued its attacks.

Israel said it launched its military operation on Friday to eliminate “a concrete threat” against its citizens.


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