On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh thanked Egypt for its efforts to reach a truce deal and stop the aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza.
This came during a meeting of the Palestinian Cabinet to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which lasted three days and left 44 deaths.
The Palestinian Prime Minister said, according to the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) – “This barbaric aggression on the Gaza Strip, and the repeated invasions of Palestinian cities, is not only electoral propaganda in Israel, but it is a systematic act of aggression carried out in accordance with an evil scheme aim to hit the Palestinian cohesion and sow despair in the country.
The Israeli government announced on Sunday that a ceasefire agreement had been reached in Gaza, which entered into force the same day evening, following a similar announcement by the Islamic Jihad movement shortly before.
A brief statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid thanked Egypt for its “efforts to mediate the truce,” and warned that if it was violated, “the State of Israel reserves the right to respond forcefully.”
The announcement came about fifty hours after the start of the escalation when Israel launched what it called “pre-emptive strikes” on targets of the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza.
As during the previous escalation in Gaza, Egypt played a central role in efforts to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.
The terms of the agreement were not immediately announced, but the Egyptian official news agency MENA said that Cairo is working to release an Islamic Jihad activist who was captured by Israel six days ago, as well as transfer a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike in an Israeli prison to a hospital for medical treatment.