[BREAKING] Israel and Hamas Agree to Cease Fire in Gaza
Per Israeli and Egyptian news reports, the Israeli security cabinet voted to accept a ceasefire late Thursday as Gaza still smolders from recent airstrikes.
Sources from the cabinet meeting said that the IDF will cease the airstrikes on Gaza immediately. However, in the case Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel, the IDF will return to full operational activities in the Gaza Strip and the ceasefire will be canceled immediately. Israel’s firepower far outweighs that of Palestine’s.
News of the de-escalation comes at a time where the world has been calling for peace in the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the decision after heavy U.S. pressure to halt the offensive. President Joe Biden spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about ceasefire efforts as well.
Alongside over 130 members of Congress, I am urging @POTUS to demand an immediate cease-fire in Israel & Palestine.
No more lives should be lost. pic.twitter.com/jEc2uZcgOS
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 19, 2021
Top international envoys had worked feverishly to end the war while Israel’s security cabinet debated the details of the restoration of calm in a late-night meeting. Israeli media reported that Israel was accepting the truce on the principle of “quiet would be met by quiet.”
Hamas official confirms a 'mutual and simultaneous' truce with Israel will begin on Friday at 2 a.m. pic.twitter.com/sjOZDuEtBx
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 20, 2021
If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza.
The fighting has left thousands of Palestinians homeless, & forced over 50,000 people to seek shelter in @UNRWA schools, mosques, & other places with little access to water, food, hygiene – @antonioguterres pic.twitter.com/L1uAxu3s0O
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) May 20, 2021
De-escalate and get to the peace table to help Palestinians and Israelis heal and build a just peace. ☮️
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) May 20, 2021
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