Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have taken to the streets to celebrate the ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Hamas, waving flags and waving the “V” sign of victory.
The ceasefire went into effect early Friday morning after Egypt negotiated an agreement between the two sides to stop eleven days of relentless Israeli bombing of the besieged enclave and the rocket from Gaza.
The May 10 escalation was sparked by Israeli police crackdown on protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site in occupied East Jerusalem, after weeks of tensions in the city sparked by the planned forced expulsion of several Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah. neighborhood.
In the Gaza Strip, which has been blocked for 14 years, Palestinians embraced on Friday in celebration of the ceasefire in front of bombed-out buildings and on streets covered in debris. The mosque’s speakers celebrated “the victory of the resistance achieved over the occupation (Israel).”
There were similar scenes of retirement in occupied East Jerusalem around Sheikh Jarrah as people in cars waved Palestinian flags and honked. Celebrations also erupted in Ramallah and Bethlehem.
At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, were killed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza. On the Israeli side, 12 people died, including two children.