air attacks in Gaza continues; death toll 21
Israeli air attacks in the Gaza Strip have killed
three more people, bringing the number of dead to 21 since
hostilities erupted in the Palestinian territory on Friday,
according to Palestinian medical sources. Medics
Gaza: Palestine and Israel have reached a
ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt, Xinhua reported Tuesday.
The deal comes four days after bloody conflicts between Israel and
According to the agreement, Palestinians will stop launching
rockets at southern Israeli cities while Israel will stop
targeting militants in airstrikes.
The official told Reuters news
agency on Tuesday that both sides "agreed to end the current
operations" including an unusual undertaking by Israel to "stop
Gaza's Hamas leadership and the Islamic Jihad faction confirmed
the ceasefire with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, after four days of
Israeli attacks killed 25 Palestinians.
A spokesman for Islamic Jihad said the group is ready to respect a
truce if Israel ends its "aggressions".
"We accept a ceasefire if Israel agrees to apply it by ending its
aggressions and assassinations," Daud Shehab said.
An Israeli minister confirmed that an "understanding" had been
reached for a truce to end four days of attacks on the Gaza Strip.
"In fact there is an understanding, and we are following what's
going on in the field," Matan Vilnai, home front defence minister,
told public radio without going into detail but adding that
"apparently things are calming down".
Israeli air attacks on Gaza killed seven more people on Monday,
taking the death toll to 25 in hostilities that erupted on Friday,
Palestinian medical sources said.
Islamic Jihad said two of the dead were members of its military
wing, the al-Quds Brigades.
Israel has said it is hitting back at scores of rocket attacks,
with more than 40 fired on Monday alone.
In a strike on the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza
Strip, a 65-year-old man and his daughter were killed.