The fierce battle between Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas came to a halt on Friday following a truce mediated by Egypt.
The battle was one of the worst violence in years resulting in the death of 244 people. While 232 Palestinians died in the Israeli aerial attack, 12 people died in Israel due to the rocket attack launched by Hamas. The battle also resulted in massive damage to houses and critical infrastructure in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
Following the truce, Palestinians, who remained in fear of getting bombed by Israeli fighter jets for the past 11 days, came out on street to celebrate. Both sides have said that they are ready for retaliation in case of any violation of the ceasefire.
Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, cast the fighting as successful resistance of a militarily and economically stronger foe.
“It is true the battle ends today but Netanyahu and the whole world should know that our hands are on the trigger and we will continue to grow the capabilities of this resistance,” said Ezzat El-Reshiq, a senior member of the Hamas political bureau, referring to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Meanwhile, Egypt said it will send two delegations to monitor the ceasefire between the two sides.
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The violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramzan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point of clashes was Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims.
Israel regards Jerusalem in its entirety as its capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.
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