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Israel And Gaza Militants Agree To Shaky Ceasefire

After five days of fighting, Israel and Gaza militants agree to Shaky ceasefire. The ceasefire was mediated by Egypt, and both sides were urged to adhere to the agreement.

Author:Dexter Cooke
Reviewer:Hajra Shannon
May 15, 2023
After five days of fighting, Israel and Gaza militants agree to Shaky ceasefire. The ceasefire was mediated by Egypt, and both sides were urged to adhere to the agreement.
However, the truce got off to a shaky start as both sides continued firing for two hours after the ceasefire was supposed to start on Saturday evening.

Casualties And Damage

The fighting has left at least 33 Palestinians dead in Gaza, while Palestinian rocket fire into Israel has killed two people, one Israeli and one Palestinian working in the country.
Israeli officials claim that they have struck PIJ targets in Gaza, while PIJ fighters fired barrages of rockets at southern and central Israel.
According to the Israeli military, at least 1,234 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza, with 976 crossing into Israeli territory. Most of the rockets have been intercepted or landed in open areas, but some have hit homes and other buildings. The military has also carried out air strikes on 371 PIJ targets across Gaza.
About half of the 33 people killed in Gaza were civilians, including seven children and four women, according to local health officials. The Israeli military has denied targeting civilians.

Days Of Violence

Israel has been targeting leaders of Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza after Hamas, with airstrikes in the past week. The group has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.
According to Palestinian health authorities, at least 34 Palestinians have been killed in the recent violence, including 14 civilians, including children. One Israeli was also killed when a rocket hit an apartment in the town of Rehovot.

The Ceasefire

The ceasefire agreement was announced on Saturday, with a text from Egyptian intelligence seen by the BBCstating that both sides have agreed to stop actions targeting civilians and other individuals. PIJ has confirmed the ceasefire and says it will abide by it as long as Israel does the same.
Despite the fighting that continued after the ceasefire was supposed to start, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a statement confirming the agreement and thanking Egypt for its "intensive efforts" to secure it.
The statement also said that Israel had made clear that its acceptance of the ceasefire meant that "quiet will be met with quiet, and that if Israel is attacked or threatened, it will continue to do everything that it needs to in order to defend itself".

Israel and Palestinians agree to ceasefire after five days of violence

Final Thoughts

The ceasefire between Israel and PIJ militants in Gaza offers some hope for an end to the recent violence. However, the shaky start to the truce and the ongoing tensions in the region make it difficult to predict how long the ceasefire will hold.
The situation highlights the need for continued efforts towards a lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
Hajra Shannon

Hajra Shannon

Hajra Shannona is a highly experienced journalist with over 9 years of expertise in news writing, investigative reporting, and political analysis. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and has contributed to reputable publications focusing on global affairs, human rights, and environmental sustainability. Hajra's authoritative voice and trustworthy reporting reflect her commitment to delivering insightful news content. Beyond journalism, she enjoys exploring new cultures through travel and pursuing outdoor photography
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