Israel-Hamas ceasefire comes into effect

  • A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement came into effect on Wednesday.

    Under the truce, Israel has agreed to "stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip, land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals".

    "All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and attacks along the border," according to the ceasefire deal.

    At least 157 people have been killed since the violence erupted last week.

    Both sides continued to fire on each other as the 9pm ceasefire deadline neared. However, no major breaches have since been reported.

    Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal thanked Egypt for brokering the deal but added that Israel's offensive had "failed".

    Meanwhile, a statement released by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had agreed to a U.S. suggestion "to give a chance to Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire and so give an opportunity to stabilise the situation and calm it before there will be need to apply greater force".

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr announced the ceasefire at a press conference in Cairo alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who joined negotiations earlier in the day.