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Israel and Gaza reach ceasefire agreement

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About two million Palestinians live in Gaza, the economy of which has experienced years of Israeli and Egyptian blockades as well as latest foreign aid reduction and sanctions by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’ West Bank-based rival. Israel stated its blockade was vital to halt weapons reaching Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since the group captured control of Gaza in 2007, two years following Israel retreated its settlers and troops from the area. A ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to end a rise of savagery in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel that has led to the deaths of approximately 25 Palestinians and four Israelis. Egypt and Qatar helped mediate an end to days of attacks between Gaza and Israel. There was no affirmation from the Israeli side. The Israeli army lifted all protective restraints levied near the Gaza area during the weekend’s outburst. The Home Front Command ordered residents of the south to return to their routines. All public bus routes in the south would return to complete and usual operation. The railway line between the cities of Ashkelon and Beersheba was also commenced to resume later. The cease fire agreement was based on Israel alleviating its block barrier of the Gaza Strip. In the midst of the measures, were the relaxation of limits on the fishing zone to 12 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza and development in Gaza’s electricity functioning. The prime minister of the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority government stated that the government welcomed any effort for a ceasefire especially by the Egyptian. Egypt requested the United Nations to stop Israeli repression against Palestine and to provide international support for its people in the Gaza Strip. The outburst was the most severe conflict between the two sides since a flood of conflict in November. Rocket sirens in southern Israel, which had departed nonstop over the weekend, sending residents running for were quiet for a few hours straight before dawn on Monday. Israelis take shelter as they hear sirens alerting of incoming rockets from Gaza, during cross-border, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered large scale strikes on the Gaza Strip after a two-day increase in which Israeli warplanes and gunboats targeted Gaza as fighters in the surrounded enclave fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel. A 34-year-old Hamas commander was killed in what the Israeli military described as a targeted strike. Other Palestinian causalities included two pregnant women and two infants. In Beit Lahiya, a town in the northern Gaza Strip, an Israeli air raid struck a residential building, killing a four-month-old baby and her father. A 12 year-old boy was also killed in the same attack. In the Israeli city of Ashkelon, a 58-year-old Israeli man was killed after being struck by shrapnel from a rocket attack. Two other Israelis, critically wounded in a separate rocket attack on a factory later died. Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome system had hindered many of the projectiles but many landed in residential neighborhoods. In one strike, a primary school was hit and a hospital was destroyed by pieces of rubbish from an intercepted rocket. Many Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were wounded. Israel’s bombing campaign also levelled a building containing the Gaza office of the Turkish state-run news agency.
The Israel-Palestine conflict, while having reached an agreement on May 6, does not appear to have a permanent solution. Conflict increased throughout the weekend after a Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, used a sniper to fire and injures two Israeli soldiers. The act by Islamic Jihad was anticipated to receive a savage response by Israel, having one of the strongest militaries in the world. More than that stress between Palestine and Israel constantly remain high. The last clashes occurred just about a month ago. With this recent agreement negotiated by Egypt, there can be temporary break. This is surely not a lasting ceasefire. Considering given the timing of high pressure with Ramadan commencing for the Muslim-majority Gaza. Israel having a tough army, most of the injuries was Palestinian. World powers and the United Nations with great determination must put an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict with force, but through peaceful measures. It is observed that cease fires have regularly been distrusted. Gaza has made its alternative that it will continue to oppose. This time once again Israel and the Palestinians the tyrant and the persecuted were matched as two sides to a quarrel and what forms lawful resistance under international law was put on the same level as a human illegal occupation. The fact that Israel has a real army, excessively firepower and is an illegal occupier was ignored as usual, and so was the harsh difference in the death toll. There were twenty five Palestinians and four Israelis. Palestinians will no longer agree to the dictation of the so-called worldwide community which constantly favour Israel and hide its war crimes. Any talk of improving the conditions of repression in view of the huge sacrifices made by people is a disloyalty of Palestinian victims.