Israel and Hamas will cease fire along the Gaza Strip border starting at 2 a.m. Friday (23:00 GMT Thursday), a Hamas official and Israeli media reported, marking a possible high in the most intense fighting in decades.
News of the truce comes a day after US President Joe Biden urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a de-escalation, and after the mediation of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations.
A Hamas official told Reuters that the ceasefire would be “mutual and simultaneous.”
Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved the truce on the basis of what one official called “peace of mind for peace of mind.” Israeli cabinet spokesmen did not immediately comment.
The rocket attacks by Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad, had resumed after a break of eight hours on Thursday as Israel continued bombing which, he said, intended to destroy the military capabilities of the factions and discourage them from future clashes.
Since the fighting began on May 10, Gaza health officials say 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women, have been killed and more than 1,900 injured in aerial bombardments. Israel claims it has killed at least 160 fighters in Gaza.
Authorities put the death toll in Israel at 12, where hundreds of people have been treated for injuries after rocket attacks that have caused panic and people running to shelters.
On Thursday, Biden spoke about Gaza with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the White House said reports of progress towards a ceasefire were “encouraging.”
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric confirmed that the UN envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, is in Qatar, adding: “We are actively engaged with all parties involved to achieve an immediate ceasefire.” ( Rts )