A tense ceasefire went into effect starting Sunday evening after Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce proposal after 3 days of fighting.
The PIJ movement had put forward conditions for a ceasefire with Israel, including the release of Bassam al-Sadi & Anwar Abu Taha, a member of PIJ’s political bureau.
Within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to end the current state of tension in the Gaza Strip, Egypt has intensified its contacts with all ( Palestinian and Israeli) parties to contain the current crisis.
In light of these contacts, Egypt calls for a comprehensive and mutual ceasefire, as of 23:30 pm on Sunday.
An Egyptian security source said Israel had agreed to the proposal, while a Palestinian official familiar with Egyptian efforts said the ceasefire would go into effect at 20:00 (1700 GMT).
He added that Egypt is committed to working to release the prisoner Khalil Al-Awawda and transfer him for treatment, as well as working to release the prisoner Bassam Al-Saadi as soon as possible.
The flare-up, recalling preludes to previous Gaza wars, has worried world powers. However, it has been relatively contained as Hamas, the governing Islamist group in the Gaza Strip and more powerful force than Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, has so far stayed out.
Gaza officials said 31 Palestinians, at least a third of them civilians, had so far been killed.
Israel launched what it called pre-emptive strikes on Friday against what it anticipated would be an Islamic Jihad attack meant to avenge the arrest of a leader of the group in the occupied West Bank. Arrest sweeps against the group have continued in that territory.