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Israel-Hama Ceasefire Comes Into Force

BP World Bureau | May 21 2021
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The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into force after 11 days of battle, killing civilians and destroying infrastructure in both Israel and Gaza. An Egyptian mediated truce led to the ceasefire. Israeli cabinet voted for an unconditional truce. 

Hamas warned it still had its "hands-on the trigger" and demanded Israel end the violence in Jerusalem against Palestinians. 

11-day conflict reportedly killed an estimated 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, and 12 Israelis.

The war was triggered on May 10th by Palestinians' anger at Israeli curbs on their rights in Jerusalem, including during police confrontations with protesters at Al-Aqsa mosque during the Ramadan.

Read: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Biden's Concerns, Media Offices Destroyed 

US President Joe Biden hailed a truce to end the conflict and pledged to salve the devastated Gaza.

Ezzat El-Reshiq, a senior member of Hamas, demanded that Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem be protected and ended the eviction of several Palestinians from their home in East Jerusalem.