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Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire to end bloody 11-day war

Israel and Hamas announced a cease-fire Thursday, ending a bruising 11-day war that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and brought life in much of Israel to a standstill. Netanyahu’s office said Israel accepted the Egyptian proposal after a late-night meeting of his Security Cabinet.

Agencies and A News MIDDLE EAST
Published May 20,2021

Israel has agreed on a cease-fire with Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza, Israeli media and Hamas officials confirmed on Thursday evening.

According to Hamas and Israeli sources, the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire will go into effect as of 2 a.m. Friday morning (2300GMT Thursday).

"Israel failed to achieve any goals of its aggression and fled from battle with the Palestinian resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency in a first official reaction to the cease-fire.

For more than 10 days, Israel has been launching attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

At least 232 Palestinians have been killed, including 65 children and 39 women, and over 1,700 others injured in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since May 10, according to the Gaza-based Health Ministry. Health centers, media offices and residential neighborhoods have been targeted.

Recent tensions that started in East Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan spread to Gaza as a result of Israeli assaults on worshippers in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In 1980 it annexed the entire city, a move never recognized by the international community.