Israel has denounced rockets fired from the Gaza Strip minutes before the agreement came into force
Palestinians take to the streets of the Strip and the West Bank to celebrate the ceasefire
The ceasefire agreement negotiated by Egypt between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) officially entered into force on Friday morning after 11 days of escalating violence that has not been recorded on the territory since 2014.
However, hours and minutes before the agreement actually became official, at 2:00 a.m. local time, the Israeli army denounced that rockets continued to be fired at Israeli cities from the Gaza Strip.
In Israeli communities near the strip, anti-aircraft sirens sounded less than 15 minutes after the ceasefire went into effect, while half an hour before that milestone, the sirens also sounded in cities in southern Israel in the Eshkol region.
However, the Israeli media indicate that no large discharges were fired, although the rocket and mortar shell fire left one wounded, reports The Times of Israel.
Since the offensive began eleven days ago, the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health has reported 232 deaths, including 65 children, while Israeli authorities have confirmed that twelve people have died, including two children.
With the formalization of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, citizens took to the streets to celebrate the end of the offensive in Gaza and the West Bank.
The Palestinian press has reported that thousands of citizens who took part in improvised marches that walked the streets days ago were the scene of the latest round of hostilities.
In the West Bank, cities like Silwan have also registered marches, while in East Jerusalem Palestinians took to the streets and even set off fireworks.
After the agreement entered into force, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) spokesman Sami Abú Zuhri assured through a statement collected by the Palestinian that “every Zionist declaration of a unilateral ceasefire is a declaration of his defeat,” Maan Agency.
He also stressed that they were “ready for all options” and were “concerned about the success of all initiatives to achieve calm”.
Zuhri praised the “wonderful” performance of Hamas during those eleven days, stating that “the resistance is responding with all its might to the massacres of innocent civilians,” in an action that has urged the nation “to stand up to.” to defend himself “and that it was” a deterrent to the Zionist enemy “over whom he has confirmed his” superiority “.