Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up

Saturday, 2018-08-11 15:17:15
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Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-storey building in Gaza City on August 9. (Photo: Reuters)
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According to Reuters, Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on August 9, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war.

Egypt and the United Nations have been trying to mediate a comprehensive cease-fire to prevent an escalation in fighting and to ease the deep economic hardship in Gaza, a narrow strip of land that is home to 2 million Palestinians.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet late into the night on August 9. A statement issued by his office before reports a truce had been reached said the forum instructed the military to “keep acting with force against the terrorists”.