Firefighting begins between Israel and Hamas
To end the war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian army, which went into operation on Friday, ended an 11-day conflict that killed at least 232 Palestinians and 12 Israelis.
The Egyptian-led coalition brought celebrations to the streets of Gaza controlled by Hamas, when the worst seven-year war ended.
But a member of the militant group warned that “their hand is stirring up”, and called on Israel to end the violence in Jerusalem and to end the violence that is rampant in Gaza, Reuters reports.
In a statement on Thursday, Israeli security ministers said their weapons could be revived, saying: “Politicians are confident that it is the future that will help the future of the operation.”
Israeli airlines and planes remained stranded in the air in Gaza before the end of Friday to prevent Hamas from launching a large volley ahead of the war, the Israeli army said. Smaller salvos last longer as it counts, it said. Israel has now lifted all travel restrictions on the Gaza Strip.
The agreement came after The US grew again on Israel to end the Gaza eruption. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially refused, but Israeli security ministers on Thursday unanimously agreed that the suspension of fire was “unlimited” in Gaza.
“I thank him for the decision to end the war in less than 11 days,” US President Joe Biden said Thursday after speaking to Netanyahu for the third time since the conflict began.
Biden said his supervisors had held “major talks, hour after hour, in particular” in recent days with the aim of avoiding ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas. The 2014 war between Israel and Hamas lasted seven weeks and killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
Taher al-Nono, a media adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, said: “Opposition Palestinians will support the alliance as long as the process takes place.”
The end of the strike comes after Israeli warplanes and military planes attacked Gaza for more than a week, and attacked Hamas troops but severely damaged the line with a population of 2m. At least 104 women and children have been killed in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials.
Hamas, which fought three wars with Israel between 2009 and 2014, fired more than 3,700 rockets into Israeli cities and towns, and two Israeli children were killed.
The latest war began on May 10 after weeks of persecution in and around Jerusalem. It started again public confusion between a handful of Arab-Israeli and Jewish minorities, which did not establish political and social leaders in Israel, as well as riots in the West Bank.
The war ended last Thursday was disrupted by Egypt, which stood between the US and Qatar. Cairo said it had sent two security envoys to Tel Aviv and Palestinian territories to pursue possible measures.
As part of the talks, a regional official said Hamas wanted to end the eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah area of East Jerusalem, an idea that has helped initiate 11 days of violence; demolition of the al-Aqsa mosque, the third most holy place in Islam; and support the delivery of relief and construction materials to Gaza. The mosque is located in the Jerusalem area – which Muslims call Haram ash-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount – which is sacred to all religions. Palestinian officials have called for protests in their area and in Israel on Friday.
Biden said the US will help Israel achieve this Iron Dome military security, which he said “saved the lives of countless Israeli, Arab and Jewish citizens”. He said the US was also supporting the reconstruction of Gaza in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority, “not Hamas”, in a way that would prevent the military from re-launching its weapons.
“I believe that Palestinians and Israelis should also be safe and secure, and have equal rights, development, and democracy,” he said.
António Guterres, UN secretary-general on Thursday described Gaza as “hell on earth” for children. “Enemies have severely damaged human resources in Gaza, including roads and electricity, which have contributed to the disaster,” he told the UN General Assembly.