Gaza says truce reached with Israel

Last Updated: Fri, May 10, 2019 23:30 hrs

[ANI]: After days of escalation, Palestinian officials on Monday announced that a ceasefire has been reached with Israel to end the surge of violence around Gaza and Israel border.

Al Jazeera reported that a deal was signed at around 1.30 am and no Israeli raids have been reported since then.

Reportedly, Egypt and Qatar have mediated this truce. The deal was reached after Hamas agreed to ease the limits on the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza. Israel also agreed to work on improving the electricity and fuel situation in Gaza.

There is no confirmation from the Israeli side so far.

This comes as a major relief as lately both sides were engaged in rocket and missile firings which has so far killed 24 Palestinians and four Israeli officers.

The Israeli military has claimed that Gaza ruled by Hamas and jihadi elements has fired around 600 rockets and other projectiles in southern Israeli cities, adding that, in retaliation, it has targeted more than 250 targets belonging to Gaza militants.

Adding to the worsening situation, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicating to launch attacks on Gaza since his election campaign, on Sunday said that he has ordered the military to continue 'massive strikes" against Gaza.

Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump on Monday asked Gaza to "end violence" against Israel. (ANI)