The ceasefire has been well received as the head of the UN calls for real efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and achieve national reconciliation.
A ceasefire has come into effect in the Gaza Strip after Egypt negotiated an agreement between Israel and Hamas to stop 11 days of conflict.
Thousands of people in Gaza and the Palestinian territories took to the streets to celebrate the ceasefire, waving flags and throwing “V” signs for victory.
At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed in the Israeli bombing.
On the Israeli side, 12 people have died, including two children.
Here are some reactions to the latest developments:
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
“I emphasize that Israeli and Palestinian leaders have a responsibility beyond restoring calm to initiate a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict.
“Gaza is an integral part of the future Palestinian state and no effort should be spared to achieve real national reconciliation that will end the division.”
Joe Biden, President of the United States
“We remain committed to working with the United Nations and other international interest groups to provide prompt humanitarian aid and secure international support for the people of Gaza and in Gaza’s reconstruction efforts.”
“I believe that Palestinians and Israelis also deserve to live in security and enjoy the same measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy.”
“My administration will continue our calm and relentless diplomacy towards this end. I think we have a genuine opportunity to move forward and I am committed to working for it. ”
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian president
“With absolute happiness, I received a phone call from President Biden in which we exchanged views to reach a formula that would calm the current conflict between Israel and Gaza, our vision was in tune with the management of the conflict between all parties with diplomacy. ”
Tor Wennesland, sent to UN peace in the Middle East
“I welcome the ceasefire between #Gaza and #Israel. I offer my deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones. I congratulate #Egypt and #Qatar for the efforts made, in close contact with @UN, “To help restore calm. The work of building #Palestine can begin.”
I greet the ceasefire between #Gaza & #Israel. I offer my deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones. Praise #Egypt & #Qatar by the efforts made, in close contact with @A, to help restore calm. The work of building #Palestine can start.
– Tor Wennesland (@TWennesland) May 20, 2021
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN
“We must now focus our efforts on making more tangible progress towards lasting peace. And we must work together to address urgent humanitarian needs on the ground, which are especially (in fact significant) immense in Gaza. “
Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom
“Welcome news of the ceasefire in Israel and Gaza. All parties must work to make the ceasefire lasting and end the unacceptable cycle of violence and loss of civilian lives. The United Kingdom continues to support efforts to achieve peace. “