Israel-Gaza cease-fire takes hold

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding as of early Friday morning, after the two sides fought for 11 days. The ceasefire began at 2:00 a.m. local time on Friday.

The cease-fire was brokered by Egypt. Two Egyptian delegations will travel to Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories to observe implementation of the truce, according to AFP news agency.

In addition to Israel and Hamas, the cease-fire also included Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second-most-powerful armed group in Gaza.

Palestinians in Gaza broke out in celebration following the truce, waving flags and shooting guns into the air. Similar celebrations occurred in the West Bank. 

What have Israel, Hamas said about the cease-fire?

Both sides in the fighting hailed the cease-fire as a win.

A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the offensive in Gaza yielded “significant achievements […] some of which are unprecedented.”

A Hamas official told a rally in Gaza that the cease-fire was a “victory for the Palestinian people.” Khalil al-Hayya added that Israel had failed to destroy the Islamist group’s military infrastructure.

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