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Israel finally reaches ceasefire agreement with Hamas

Gaza (SD) – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire tonight after 11 days of heavy shelling.

A statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cabinet had unanimously approved a ceasefire led by Egypt.

“The political leadership emphasizes that it is the reality on the ground that will determine the future of the operation,” the statement said.

Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad have since confirmed the ceasefire, which took effect at 2:00 am last night.

“The Palestinian resistance will abide by this agreement as long as the occupation abides by it.” Hamas spokesman, Taher al-Nono, said on Thursday.

At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed in 11 days of Israeli bombings, while 12 people, including two children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes.

US President Joe Biden who spoke after the announcement of the cease-fire said Israelis and Palestinians “equally have the right to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the General Assembly that he and U.N. Mideast envoy Tor Wennesland were engaged in “extensive diplomatic efforts” in the region, including with Egypt, Jordan and Qatar. Wennesland was in Qatar, which has relations with Hamas, when the cease-fire agreement was announced.

The Palestinian people are now expected to receive assistance in recovering from the shelling of their homes over the past 11 days.

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