An ceasefire from Egypt in the ceasefire between Islamic Jihad and Israel came into force in the Gaza Strip after two days of cross-border fighting and air strikes in Israel, killing at least 34 Palestinians.
The ceasefire was in force at 5:30 am local time (03:30 GMT), group spokesman Musab El Berim told Reuters, marking about 48 hours since Israel ignited a fire exchange, killing the commander-in-chief of the faction in Gaza in an air raid, considering it an imminent threat.
The Gaza health ministry has stated that the death toll in two days from Israeli air strikes has increased to 34, including eight members of the Abu Malhus family. At least 63 Israelis have received treatment for injuries in rocket attacks fired by Gaza.
Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera, reporting near the Gaza fence, stated that the ceasefire appears to have been delayed.
"There is a restless calm at the moment … The ceasefire conditions are slightly different depending on who you are listening to," he said.
El Berim told Al Jazeera that his group guarantees concessions from Israel.
"The deal involved the occupation of subjection to conditions, namely stopping the killings, especially of protesters during the March return demonstrations and practically initiating procedures to end the siege," he said.
According to an Islamic Jihad official, the agreement stipulates that the Palestinian factions should ensure a return to peace in Gaza and "peacekeeping" during demonstrations, while Israel must suspend hostilities and "ensure ceasefire" during Palestinian demonstrations.
Top Egyptian officials Al told AFP news agency that his country had endeavored to end two days of fighting in which Israel bombed dozens of houses and farms in the besieged Palestinian enclave.
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9659011] Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee said in a Twitter post that the two-day round of fighting in Gaza had "ended", confirming the ceasefire.
Despite the ceasefire announcement, Israeli Foreign Minister Kats said that Israel would follow suit if Palestinian factions in Gaza cease attacks – denying that Israel had changed its open-fire policy as requested by the Islamic group. jihad for the truce.
"It will be answered quietly," Katz said Thursday in remarks to local media.
"The State of Israel will not hesitate to strike at those who seek to harm it, from the Gaza Strip or from anywhere."
Al Jazeera's Fawcett says while Islamic jihad said it had secured from Israel an undertaking not to continue targeted killings and use live fire in border protests on Friday, an Israeli official was quoted in local media as saying this was not the case – protests.
"Israel does not generally recognize ceasefire with groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad … However, this indicates that the situation remains tense," he added.
The Gaza Strip is under a common Israeli-Egyptian blockade more from a decade where the free movement of the population of two million is severely restricted, and the flow of goods and services, as well as medical supplies, is also severely hampered by the crippling siege.
Palestinians gather near the perimeter fence to participate in the Great March of Returns it, in a series of weekly protests that began in March 2018, calling for an end to the 12-year siege on land and air.
Since the rallies in Gaza, 313 Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire and thousands more injured, According to the health ministry, eight Israelis were killed during the same period.
Death of Islamic Jihad commander
Following the Israeli attack on Tuesday that killed Islamic Jihad commander Baha'u Abu al-Ata in Gaza, both sides exchanged with the Israeli
Israel said Abu al-Ata was responsible for the rocket fire, as well as other attacks, and is planning more violence, calling the military a "ticking bomb."
In Israel, air raid sirens shouted and fireballs exploded as air defense missiles intercepted missiles, sending Israelis to rush into bomb shelters.
Gaza residents inspected the damage and mourned for their dead.
UN envoy Nikolay Mladenov arrived in Cairo on Wednesday afternoon, airport officials said after reports that he should hold talks aimed at stopping fighting.
The UN and Egypt play an important role in mediating earlier ceasefires. between Israel and Gaza-based armed groups.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Islamic jihad must stop its missile attacks or "take more and more strikes."
An Islamic jihad spokesman said the group was not interested in mediation when retaliating for the killing of one of its commanders.
The explosion raised fears of a new general conflict between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza, which saw three major Israeli military operations over the past decade.