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Posted at: Nov 15, 2019, 7:25 AM; last updated: Nov 15, 2019, 7:25 AM (IST)

Truce after spike in Israel-Gaza violence

Israel: Islamic Jihad commander killed

  • Israel’s military said on Thursday that an overnight strike in Gaza killed an Islamic Jihad commander. An Israeli army spokesman said Rasmi Abu Malhous was killed in a raid in the Gaza Strip’s Deir al Balah . The Palestinian health ministry earlier said eight members of the Abu Malhous family were killed in an Israeli strike on their family home. AFP
Truce after spike in Israel-Gaza violence
Women inspect a house damaged in an air strike in Gaza.

Gaza City, November 14

A Gaza Strip ceasefire came into effect early Thursday, an Egyptian source and a senior Islamic Jihad official said, following a spike in violence and bloodshed in the Palestinian enclave.

The “ceasefire agreement comes as a result of Egypt’s efforts” and has been endorsed by “Palestinian factions including Islamic Jihad”, said the top Egyptian official. An Islamic Jihad source confirmed the agreement.

According to the official, the agreement stipulates that Palestinian factions must ensure a return to calm in Gaza and “maintain peace” during demonstrations, while Israel must stop hostilities and “ensure a ceasefire” during demonstrations by Palestinians. — AFP

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