Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Begins After 11 Days of Conflict


By Felicia Schwartz
A man waves the Palestinian flag in celebration of a cease-fire brokered by Egypt between Israel and the two main Palestinian armed groups in Gaza on May 21. AHMED DEEB FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

TEL AVIV—Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed to a cease-fire that began early Friday following pressure from the U.S. and its allies to end 11 days of fighting.

Israel’s cabinet voted late Thursday to accept an Egyptian-brokered bilateral cease-fire without any conditions, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Hamas leader Osama Hamdan confirmed the cease-fire.

The intense barrages from both sides, over nearly two weeks, were the worst since the most recent of three wars between Israel and Hamas in 2014. The clashes over the past 11 days claimed the lives of more than 200 people in total, with most in Gaza.

Publish : 2021-05-21 14:59:00

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