Gaza City (Web Desk): Israel and Hamas announced a ceasefire that came into force early Friday to end 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
The ceasefire brokered by Egypt, that also included Gaza s second-most powerful armed group, Islamic Jihad, was agreed following mounting international pressure to stem the bloodshed which erupted on May 10.
A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the security cabinet “unanimously accepted the recommendations to accept an Egyptian initiative for an unconditional ceasefire.
Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad also confirmed the ceasefire in a statement, saying it would come into force this morning.
"This is the euphoria of victory," said Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas figure, in front of a crowd of thousands of Palestinians who had gathered in the streets to celebrate.
Welcoming the deal in his televised address, US President Joe Biden said both sides agreed the truce would begin immediately.
"I believe we have a genuine opportunity to make progress and I’m committed to working toward it," Biden said at the White House, hailing Egypt’s role in brokering the agreement.
Egypt is sending security delegations to Israel and the Palestinian territories to help uphold ceasefire.
At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been martyred in 11 days of Israeli brutal and barbaric bombardment.
Pakistan has also welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Welcoming the decision of the ceasefire, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted, “This is the power of collective, unified action; this is the effort of every person and every nation, together for a just cause."
The foreign minister also prayed for abiding peace for the Palestinians. "May this ceasefire be the 1st step towards peace in Palestine," he said.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had demanded deployment of international protection force in Palestine facing growing aggressing of Israeli in Gaza.
He was addressing an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) called to discuss Israeli violence against the Palestinians in Gaza.