After three days of violent conflict, Egyptian sources said on Sunday that Israel announced Egypt’s proposed ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza, as Islamic Jihad reported that negotiations for a ceasefire are underway. agreed.
The talks could help Egypt broker a deal to end the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war ravaged the poor coastal region, home to some 2.3 million Palestinians, last year. I have high hopes that it will be possible.
At least 31 Palestinians, including six children, have been killed and 275 injured since Friday, health officials said.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said officials were talking to both sides “around the clock” to defuse the violence.A security source in Cairo said Israel had “accepted” the ceasefire. He added that Cairo was waiting for a Palestinian response.
Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed group that has been labeled a terrorist organization by the West, fired two rockets at a target in Jerusalem in a barrage on Sunday, but was shot down by the military.
Muhammad Abu Salmiya, director of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, said medical workers were treating the wounded in “very bad condition”, and medicine and fuel to run the generators were seriously lacking. I warned you that you were short.
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But Israel said it had “irrefutable” evidence that stray rockets launched by Islamic Jihad had caused the deaths of several children in the Jabalia region of northern Gaza on Saturday.
“We rushed to the site and found some bodies lying on the ground…they were children torn apart,” said Muhammad Abu Sadar of the devastation in Jabalia. rice field.
Amid mounting tensions, Jews in Israel’s annexed East Jerusalem celebrated Tisha Beav’s fasting day Sunday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known in Judaism as the Temple Mount.
Israel said it needed to launch a “preemptive” operation on Friday against Islamic Jihad, which said it was planning an imminent attack.
Israel’s Rapid called Mansur’s killing an “extraordinary achievement”.
After Israel closed its border crossings, daily life in the Gaza Strip came to a standstill as the lone power plant shut down due to a fuel shortage.
Abu Mohammed Al-Madhoun, 56, from Gaza City, said: “Every day we wake up to the martyrs of children and women… There are killings and injuries, people are being forced from their homes. I hope the Israeli aggression will end.”
“I’m nervous. It’s scary,” said Beverly Jamil, who lives in Ashkelon near Gaza.
Hamas’ reaction to the riots remains critical, with spokesman Fawzi Barfoum offering the group’s support for Islamic Jihad on Sunday but not saying they would participate.
Islamic Jihad is affiliated with Hamas but often acts independently. Hamas has fought her four wars with Israel since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, including the conflict last May.
Israel agrees to proposed Gaza ceasefire, Palestinians say negotiations are underway
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