Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, after more than a week of conflict left hundreds dead, most of them Palestinians. The truce signals an end to the immediate bloodshed, but will likely leave both sides further apart than ever.
Over 11 days, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a devastating aerial bombardment of Gaza, while the Palestinian militant group Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel, in violence that has underscored how elusive a longer term peace agreement has become.
A senior Hamas leader told CNN that the truce, under terms brokered by Egypt, would commence at 2am local time on Friday.
“The Security Cabinet convened this evening. And accepted unanimously the recommendation of all security elements – the Chief of Staff, the head of the Shin Bet, the Head of the Mossad, and the head of the National Security Council – to accept the Egyptian initiative for a mutual unconditional ceasefire that will go into effect at an hour to be agreed upon later,” read the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Naturally Biden took credit for the ceasefire, made snide pass at Trump and promises Hamas will give up weapons for aid
Why isn't Biden taking 11 days to end this current conflict? Broken promises, too bad if a lot of people watched this. pic.twitter.com/FZhLizJo8P— AlphaFo𝕏 (@Alphafox78) October 24, 2023