Palestinians in the Gaza Strip took to the streets to celebrate the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, waving flags and displaying the “V” sign for victory.
The ceasefire began to take effect in the early hours of Friday morning after Egypt reached an agreement between the two sides to stop Israel’s 11-day non-stop bombing of the excavated enclave and rocket fire from in Gaza.
The May 10 escalation was triggered by an Israeli police crackdown on protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound occupied in East Jerusalem, following weeks of tensions in the town caused by the planned forced eviction of many Palestinian families from in their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood
In the Gaza Strip, which has been under a 14-year blockade, Palestinians on Friday hugged each other to celebrate the ceasefire in front of bombed buildings and streets covered in rubble. Mosque spokesmen carried the “victory of resistance achieved by Occupation (Israel)”.
There were similar scenes of rejoicing in occupied East Jerusalem around Sheikh Jarrah as people in cars flew Palestinian flags and blew horns. Celebrations also began 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, including two children, were killed.