Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Israel, Hamas agree to ceasefire over Gaza conflict: Netanyahu’s office

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed that officials have agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas after 11 days of fighting.

A statement from his office said its security cabinet ministers had agreed to “accept the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire without any conditions, which will take effect at an hour to be determined.”

An official at Hamas, a designated terrorist group since 1997, tell Reuters they would enter a ‘mutual and simultaneous’ ceasefire on May 21 at 02:00.

This came after President Joe Biden spoke to Netanyahu by telephone and earlier this week requested a ceasefire with Hamas. after a White House lecture.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on May 20 that reports of a possible ceasefire were “encouraging”. The United States is trying “to do everything in our power to end the conflict.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 20 May also increased his calls for a ceasefire and said that “there is no justification, including counter-terrorism or self-defense, for the abdication by the parties in the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system is activated to control a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on May 12, 2021, under the control of the Palestinian Hamas movement, above the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP via Getty Images / TNS)

During his call on May 19 with Netanyahu, Biden said Israel must undertake a “significant de-escalation today on the road to a standstill.” Netanyahu pushed back and told media channels that he was rather “determined to continue this operation until the goal is achieved.”

During the conflict, Hamas fired thousands of rockets into civilian-Israeli territories from May 10. Israel responds with hundreds of airstrikes and several ground attacks.

The Israeli army, meanwhile, reported that between 07:00 and 02:00 local time, 300 rockets were fired from Gaza, of which 299 entered Israel, although about 90 percent of them were intercepted. reports Haaretz.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, at least 230 Palestinians have been killed and 1,710 wounded, although this does not distinguish between civilians and fighters. Hamas and fellow terrorist group Islamic Jihad have declared at least 20 of their members killed, while Israeli officials have put the number much higher.

Twelve people in Israel, including a five-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a soldier, were killed. The army said an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an empty bus near the border on May 20 and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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