A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas has come into effect on Friday after 11 bombardments which saw the ruthless killings of more than 240 people, most of them from Gaza.
Palestinians poured on to the streets of Gaza soon after the truce began, while a Hamas official warned that its hands “are on the trigger”, BBC reports.
Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory in the conflict.
US President Joe Biden said the ceasefire brought “genuine opportunity” for progress.
On Thursday, more than 100 Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas infrastructure in the north of Gaza. Militants launched more than 300 rockets towards Israel during the day, the Israeli military said.
Fighting began in Gaza on 10 May after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem that culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory airstrikes.
At least 232 people, including more than 100 women and children, have been killed in Gaza, according to its health ministry. Israel has said at least 150 militants are among those killed in Gaza. Hamas does not give casualty figures for fighters.
In Israel 12 people, including two children, have been killed, its medical service says. Israel says some 4,000 rockets have been fired towards its territory by militants in Gaza.-BBC
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