Israel and Hamas sign truce agreement after 11 days of fighting
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The ceasefire comes after some of the worst violence in years. U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed to help the devastated Gaza Strip, and the United Nations has called for a resumption of dialogue between Israel and Palestine.
A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was brokered on Friday after the worst violence in years. U.S. President Joe Biden vowed to help the devastated Gaza Strip, and the United Nations insisted that Israeli-Palestinian dialogue resume.
The war has killed 243 residents
Israel and Hamas sign truce – Israeli airstrikes have killed 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, and wounded more than 1,900 others in the densely populated area, damaging vital infrastructure and thousands of homes. In Israel, rocket attacks killed 12 people and injured hundreds, causing panic and people to flee to shelters.
Palestinians, who had spent 11 days in fear of Israeli shelling, marched through the streets of Gaza, hugging each other and celebrating the bombed-out buildings in the rubble-strewn streets.
Mosque loudspeakers celebrated “the victory of resistance over the (Israeli) occupation. At dawn, cars driving through East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah waved Palestinian flags and honked their horns, recreating the scene in Gaza.
In the run-up to the 2 a.m. (23:00 GMT Thursday) ceasefire, Palestinians continued to fire rockets and Israel conducted at least one airstrike.
Both sides have said they are ready to retaliate if the other violates the ceasefire. Egypt announced that it would send two representatives to monitor the ceasefire.
On May 10, violence erupted as Palestinians who believe their rights in Jerusalem are being restricted exploded in anger as police and demonstrators clashed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan.
The clashes prevented many Palestinians in Gaza from celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Gaza’s hosts postponed Friday’s Eid meal.
In Israel, radio stations broadcasting news and commentary around the clock resumed playing pop and folk music.
The death toll, reconstruction
Israel claims to have killed at least 160 militants, but Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, sees the fighting as a successful resistance to its militarily and economically powerful opponent.
Ezzat El-Reshiq, a senior member of Hamas’ political bureau, told Reuters in Doha that the group was demanding, among other things, the protection of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and a halt to evictions from some Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem.
Saleh Diab, one of those being evicted, expressed relief but remained cautious. “This is the morning of freedom, the morning of victory. We want to stay home now, but we don’t know what Israel will do next,” he said.
In Israel, doubts persist about the bailout
Amid growing global unrest, Mr. Biden urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to seek a détente, with Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations acting as mediators.
In a televised address on Thursday, Biden offered his condolences to grieving Israelis and Palestinians and said he would work with the United Nations and other international organizations to provide rapid humanitarian aid and reconstruction to Gaza.
In the days after Israeli airstrikes destroyed residential towers and damaged power lines, Gaza officials said some 16,800 homes were damaged and residents were electrocuted for three to four hours, compared with 12 hours before the fighting began.
The Israeli military said the airstrikes destroyed tunnels used by Hamas, the home of an armed forces commander, missile launchers, and weapons manufacturing and storage facilities.
The Palestinian government has estimated the cost of rebuilding Gaza at tens of millions of dollars, and economists say the fighting could delay Israel’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden said the aid to Gaza would be coordinated with Hamas’s rival, the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, to prevent Hamas from building up its military strength.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization both in the West and in Israel, and Israel does not recognize Hamas.
The forces are fighting
Hamas calls itself the “Sword of Jerusalem,” and as the guardian of Jerusalem, it seeks to use eastern Jerusalem for future state-building.
Abbas, 85, whose Western-backed Palestinian Authority has little influence in Gaza, received his first phone call from Biden in the middle of the crisis four months after taking office, but he remains a marginal figure.
Abbas’s protege, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, said.” We welcome the success of the international effort led by Egypt to end the Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip”.
In what is perhaps a worrying sign for Abbas, whose government is located in the heart of the West Bank, some Palestinians raised the green flag of Hamas in Ramallah, the prime minister’s seat of government.
Hamas had previously demanded a cessation of hostilities in Gaza and an Israeli withdrawal from Jerusalem. An Israeli official told Reuters that there were no such conditions for the ceasefire.
The U.S. State Department announced that Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Blinken will travel to the Middle East to hold talks with Israeli, Palestinian, and regional leaders on reconstruction.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Israeli and Palestinian leaders have a responsibility “not only to restore calm but to address the root causes of the conflict.”