© Reuters. Palestinians collect on the scene the place senior commander of Islamic Jihad militant group Khaled Mansour was killed in Israeli strikes, in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group agreed to a Cairo-mediated truce to take impact late on Sunday, each side stated, elevating hopes of an finish to probably the most critical flare-up on the Gaza frontier in additional than a yr.
Since Friday, Israeli forces pounded Palestinian targets via the weekend, triggering longer-range rocket assaults in opposition to its cities.
The truce would come into impact at 23:30 (20:30 GMT), Islamic Jihad and the Israeli authorities stated in separate statements .
The newest clashes have echoed preludes to earlier Gaza wars, although they’ve been comparatively contained as Hamas, the governing Islamist group within the Gaza Strip and a extra highly effective drive than Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, has up to now stayed out.
Gaza officers stated 43 Palestinians, nearly half of them civilians and together with kids, had up to now been killed. The rockets have threatened a lot of southern Israel and despatched residents in cities together with Tel Aviv and Ashkelon to shelters.
Israel launched what it known as pre-emptive strikes on Friday in opposition to what it anticipated could be an Islamic Jihad assault meant to avenge the arrest of a frontrunner of the group, Bassam al-Saadi, within the occupied West Financial institution.
In response, Islamic Jihad fired a whole lot of rockets at Israel. The group stated the truce would contain al-Saadi’s launch. Israeli officers didn’t instantly remark.
On Sunday, Islamic Jihad prolonged its vary to fireplace towards Jerusalem in what it described as retaliation for the in a single day killing of its southern Gaza commander by Israel – the second such senior officer it has misplaced within the preventing.
Israel stated its Iron Dome interceptor, whose success price the military put at 97%, shot down the rockets simply west of town.
Palestinians dazed by one other surge of bloodshed – after outbreaks of conflict in 2008-09, 2012, 2014 and final yr – picked via the ruins of homes to salvage furnishings or paperwork.
“Who needs a conflict? Nobody. However we additionally do not wish to maintain silent when ladies, kids and leaders are killed,” stated a Gaza taxi driver who recognized himself solely as Abu Mohammad. “An eye fixed for an eye fixed.”