Israel’s Security Cabinet Approves Truce In Gaza To Take Effect Overnight
It appears the persistent rumors over the past two days that an Israel-Hamas ceasefire over Gaza is imminent will now become a reality as Israel’s YNet news is reporting that Israel’s security cabinet has formally approved a truce in Gaza.
Hamas expected to go next. This is/was the 4th Israel-Hamas war in Gaza since 2008, lasted 11 days…
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) May 20, 2021
Netanyahu had called the urgent meeting of his security cabinet for 7pm Jerusalem time, and it came a day after President Biden phoned the Israeli leader to urge “de-escalation” and to set in motion a path toward ceasefire.
Initially on Wednesday Netanyahu had appeared to rebuff Biden’s proposal, saying the military would seen all necessary operations in Gaza through to the end.
Over the last 24 hours, however, the fighting appeared to intensify, with over 230 Gazans killed in airstrikes, and with some one-third of these casualties children.
It will bring to an end eleven full days of fighting – the worst outbreak of war between the two sides wince the 2014 war in Gaza. A Hamas official has also been cited in international press wires as confirming a “mutual and simultaneous” truce with Israel to begin at 2 AM on Friday.
184 residential towers, houses, and 33 media centers have been completely demolished in Israel’s air strikes on Gaza. More than 1,335 housing units were completely or severely demolished, and about 13,000 were partially damaged.
Intentional de-development https://t.co/nCGtZwohOk
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) May 20, 2021
Thu, 05/20/2021 – 15:36
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