Israel has finally declared a ceasefire. Israel has finally declared a ceasefire after 11 days of deadly attacks in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s security cabinet has approved a ceasefire with Hamas. A number of Israeli media outlets reported the news on Thursday (May 20th) night.
A ceasefire could be in place from 2 pm local time on Friday (May 21). A Hamas official confirmed the news to Reuters.
Israel bombed and shelled Gaza from May 10 to May 20. It killed 230 Palestinians. Among the dead were 75 children. A Hamas rocket also killed 12 Israelis.
International forces, including the United States, have been under increasing pressure to stop Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks on Hamas in Gaza. Earlier, the Biden administration hinted that a ceasefire could be reached this week.
Egypt, Qatar, and several European countries, including the United States, have been working to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders to halt military operations.
However, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement is being left in a state of uncertainty. However, there are concerns that they could provoke tensions.
In a phone call on Wednesday (May 20th), US President Joe Biden told Netanyahu to agree to a ceasefire to reduce tensions significantly. The White House says this is the fourth phone call between the two countries since the war began on May 10.