ISRAEL & HAMAS AGREE TO CEASE-FIRE AFTER 11 DAYS OF BLOODSHED

PALESTINE

After 11-days of firing rockets at one another, at least 230 Palestinians killed, at least 12 Israeli dead and multiple wounded, include a 5-year old boy and 16-year old girl, the two fighting nations seems to have finally agreed to a cease-fire.

According to a report from Fox-13 Memphis (https://www.fox13memphis.com/), Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel accepted the Egyptian offer of a cease-fire, through a representative of his office. Netanyahu reportedly met with his Security Cabinet during the late-night hours before accepting the deal. Hamas allegedly followed suit and agreed to a cease-fire shortly afterward.

Three hours after the cease-fire announcement, Egypt’s state-run media, Mena, said that the truce would take effect at roughly around 2am. If followed by both participants, the cease-fire will bring an end to the heaviest fighting between the enemies in 7-years. Back in 2014, the two nations battled for 50-days before a cease-fire was finally agreed to. There was no clear winner in that fight, just like there has been no clear victor in this one.

Smoke and flames rise during Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

This latest 11-day war began on May 10th. On that day, Hamas militants in Gaza allegedly fired long-range rockets toward Jerusalem. This came after days of protesting between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the Al-Asqa Mosque. The Mosque is know to Muslims as the “Noble Sanctuary” and to Jews as the “Temple Mount.” Police tactics during the fight, plus the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers seemed to have really set things off.

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