title: 'Gaza Israel and Hamas agree to a ceasefire' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and commended him for agreeing to the Egyptian government's ceasefire plan in the Middle East, the White House said. Palestinians celebrating ceasefire as victory Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza to celebrate the ceasefire with Israel, seeing it as their own victory. The sounds of fire crackers and celebratory gunfire can be heard every now and then across the city. Crowds have blocked traffic, but the drivers are showing no signs of protest. Palestinians in the West Bank of the Jordan also went jubilant as a gesture of solidarity with Gazans. The ceasefire took effect yesterday night after three days of hard talks in Cairo. Hamas claims that it agreed to the ceasefire because Israel accepted all its demands. Minutes before the truce was due to come into force, Palestinian radicals fired several rockets into Israel. The ceasefire ended a week armed confrontation between Israel and Hamas. At least 162 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes. Five deaths were reported in Israel. Several rockets reportedly fired into Israel in breach of ceasefire Palestinians have fired at least 5 rockets into Israel since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took effect late Wednesday, Israeli commanders say. Israeli police have reported 12 rocket launches from Gaza in the past hours. Hamas rejected the reports. Earlier, an explosion reportedly took place in Gaza after the ceasefire came into force at 19.00GMT. There were no reports of casualties in those latest incidents. Israel reserved the right to retaliate, including by a ground offensive, for any attacks by Hamas. Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas agree to a ceasefire Israel has agreed to a truce in the Gaza Strip, but will not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli sources said, declining to give further details of any deal. Shortly before, a Palestinian official with knowledge of Egyptian mediation between the two sides told Reuters that there was a ceasefire agreement to end eight days of fighting in Gaza that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis. A deal to end a deadly week-long conflict between Hamas and Israel in and around the Gaza Strip was agreed on Wednesday, a senior Hamas official told AFP. ‘The deal has been agreed.There will be an announcement in half an hour,’ the official said on condition of anonymity. Israel's Channel Two television said a ceasefire would be announced in Cairo later in the evening by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Al Arabiya says both Palestinian and Egyptian sources say an agreement to stop military operations has been reached between Hamas and Israel. Palestinian officials also told Al Jazeera that Egypt will announce the agreement within two hours.

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