Ceasefire Takes Effect After Spike In Israel-Gaza Violence
Sumaira FH 25 days ago Thu 14th November 2019 | 10:20 AM
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Nov, 2019 ) :A Gaza Strip ceasefire came into effect early Thursday, an Egyptian source and a senior official told AFP, following a spike in violence and bloodshed in the Palestinian enclave.
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".
The agreement, which entered into force at 5:30am (3:30 GMT), came after the death toll from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip rose to 32 since Tuesday after Palestinian officials said six members of the same family had been killed.
"Six members of the Abu Malhous family, including three children and two women, were killed in an Israeli strike on their family home in Deir al-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip," the Palestinian ministry of health said.
Air raid sirens wailed and fireballs exploded as air defence missiles intercepted rockets, sending Israelis rushing to bomb shelters.
Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Barayem had said the group was not interested in mediation as it retaliated over the killing of one of its commanders.