Hamas and Islamic Jihad announce cease-fire following international mediation efforts

Hamas and Islamic Jihad announce cease-fire following international mediation efforts

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Both Islamic Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad announced on Saturday night the efforts exerted to reach an agreement with Israel on getting back to calm and end escalation in the Gaza Strip “had succeeded.”

Hazem Qassem, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in an emailed press statement that mediations and interventions of regional and international parties had led to reaching an agreement on ending the current round of escalation between Gaza militants and Israel.

He said that the efforts had succeeded to get back to calm and end the current round of escalation between Gaza military groups and Israel which started on Friday night and ended on Saturday night.

Qassem hasn’t mentioned which regional or international parties he referred to, however, local media reports quoted senior Hamas officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that senior Egyptian security intelligence and the United Nations special envoy Nicolai Mladinov mediated a ceasefire in Gaza with Israel.

Meanwhile, Dawood Shihab, spokesman of Islamic Jihad in Gaza told reporters that intensive contacts with the Egyptians took place within the past few hours had led to gaining calm back in the Gaza Strip.

“The Palestinian military resistance had positively dealt with the Egyptian efforts and agreed to calm in condition that the occupation stops its aggression on the Gaza Strip,” he said, adding “it is the right of the Palestinian armed resistance to responds to any Israeli violation.”

The efforts to regain calm in the Gaza Strip came shortly after two Gaza children aged 15 and 16 were killed and more than 40 wounded in the intensive Israeli war planes airstrikes waged on the Gaza Strip since Friday night.

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