A ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding after days of deadly violence in the Middle East, but the truce is already being tested amid clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police. President Biden is vowing to continue pursuing quiet diplomacy in the region.
A major breakthrough in the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas came overnight, as both sides agreeing to a ceasefire after 11 days of unrest in the region. Now, we’re hearing from President Biden on America’s efforts in the negotiations.
By Fares Akram and Joseph Krauss
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has announced a cease-fire to halt an 11-day military operation against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. A statement issued late Thursday said his Security Cabinet unilaterally approved an Egyptian-mediated proposal.
The death toll is rising in the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian protesters took to the streets Tuesday, demanding an end to the fighting.
President Joe Biden says he supports a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but he’s stopped short of demanding one. With more than 200 people killed, including at least 61 children, Palestinians are now calling for a general strike across the region.