In the early hours of Monday, Palestinian officials confirmed an agreement between Israel and Gaza to end two days of violent fighting.
Rabat – On Monday, Palestinian officials announced they reached a ceasefire agreement with Israel.
Palestinian death-toll rose to 31 in the flare-up, with 146 injuries after a series of Israeli air raids hit the Gaza Strip for two consecutive days. Two pregnant Palestinian women and two children were among the casualties of the Israeli air strikes.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported on four Israeli deaths and “dozens” of injuries.
The ceasefire agreement came into effect on Monday at 04:30 a.m. local time. Gaza officials said that Egypt and Qatar helped broker the UN-backed agreement. According to Palestinian sources, the tentative truce agreement was “based on Israel easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip.”
The Guardian reported that on Monday Israel lifted the imposed protective restrictions near Gaza area during the military conflict.
There have been no reports of Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian territory since the agreement came into effect.
According to the IDF, 690 rockets were allegedly fired at southern Israel from Gaza by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants.
“Over the past two days, we have hit Hamas and Islamic Jihad with great force, attacking over 350 targets and terrorist leaders and activists, and destroying terrorist infrastructure,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following the ceasefire announcement.
However, Palestinian sources have not confirmed these numbers yet.
Ahmed Khudari, a Hamas commander, was killed on Sunday by Israeli military in a targeted strike.
“The campaign is not over and requires patience and judgment. We are preparing to continue,” added Netanyahu.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered “massive strikes” on Gaza Strip “after a two-day escalation in which Israeli warplanes and gunboats targeted Gaza as fighters in the besieged enclave fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel,” Aljazeera sources reported.