A ceasefire has reportedly been reached between Israel and Gaza after an overnight escalation that saw Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) striking 100 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv.
Following the overnight tensions, the organizing committee for Gaza’s March of Return cancelled Friday protests along the Israel-Gaza border for the first time since they began almost exactly a year ago. Since the protests began on March 30, 2017, Gazans have demonstrated along the border with Israel every single Friday. This week’s cancellation marks a significant development in Israel-Gaza relations, reportedly reached as part of a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt.
In exchange for the ceasefire said to have gone into effect at 8 AM local time, Israel demanded that no Gazans turn out to the border on Friday, Palestinian sources claimed. The Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad released a statement on Friday insisting the militant group was “committed to a ceasefire agreement” and Egyptian mediation with
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