Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestine

Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestine

 The ceasefire agreement came after three days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which killed at least 44 Palestinians and injured more than 360, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group came into effect on Sunday (7/8) evening at 11.30 pm local time. 

Egypt also called on the two sides to carry out a joint and comprehensive ceasefire in Gaza. According to an Anadolu Agency report, sources previously said that Israel and Islamic Jihad had agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza starting at 11.30pm. An official Egyptian source quoted by state news agency MENA said Egypt was exerting efforts to free Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh and take him for treatment, including Bassam Al-Saadi, who is also in Israeli custody. Awawdeh, 40, was arrested by Israeli forces in December and held without trial. 

He is reported to have been on a hunger strike for about a month as he remains in prison without charge. Saadi, a senior figure in the political wing of Islamic Jihad, was detained by Israeli forces earlier this week in an attack in the West Bank city of Jenin. Islamic Jihad confirms ceasefire in Gaza. "A ceasefire has been reached through Egyptian mediation which will take effect at 11:30 p.m. Palestinian time," the group's spokesman Dauwd Shehab told Anadolu Agency. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the military offensive in Gaza "achieved its goal." 

Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Friday under the pretext of a "threat of attack" by Islamic Jihad. Of those killed, at least 15 were children and four women, according to the Health Ministry. Last year, Egypt managed to broker a ceasefire to end 11 days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, in which more than 200 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured. Thirteen Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza during the conflict.

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