The deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas militants will be coming to an end soon after a ceasefire was reportedly reached between the two parties.
The ceasefire was reported Wednesday by Channel 12 News in Israel.
A senior Hamas official appeared to confirm the news during an interview on Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV according to Reuters.
“I think that the ongoing efforts regarding the ceasefire will succeed,” said Hamas political official Moussa Abu Marzouk.
“I expect a ceasefire to be reached within a day or two, and the ceasefire will be on the basis of mutual agreement,” he added.
CNN’s Manu Raju also reported that Hamas officials told CNN that a ceasefire was “imminent, possibly within 24 hours.”
The conflict has been raging for 10 days during which hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israel from militants in the Gaza Strip. While the nation’s vaunted Iron Dome defense system was able to intercept most of the rockets, some were able to slip past onto civilian areas. Palestinians and their allies also rioted and attacked Israelis in several cities across the country.
Israeli authorities say 12 deaths have been documented from the conflict, while on the Palestinian side officials say 228 have perished.
Critics of Israel in the U.S. were angered greatly when President Joe Biden said in a statement that Israel had a right to defend itself against such rocket attacks. Among those was the only Palestinian-American in Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who confronted Biden as he arrived in Michigan to tour a Ford plant.
Earlier on Wednesday the White House said in a readout between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the president had made it clear he expected “significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.”
Netanyahu appeared to push back on that demand in a public statement assuring Israeli citizens that he was “determined to continue this operation until its aim is met.”
Author : Carlos Garcia
Source : The Blaze : Breaking: Israel and Hamas militants reportedly agree to ceasefire