Israel and Palestinians agree on ceasefire
After deadly Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and a Palestinian response by longer-range rocket attacks throughout the weekend, sides agreed on a ceasefire on Sunday evening to go into effect at 8 PM local time, according to sources.
The ceasefire agreement, brokered by an Egyptian delegate, will reportedly include Israeli concessions to alleviate the Gaza Strip's fuel shortage.
Within the context of the agreement, Israel said that it will allow an easing of the blockade and the introduction of fuel trucks to the power station in Gaza on Monday.
Egypt said it was committed to following up on Palestinian prisoners, Bassam al-Saadi, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) who was arrested in a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in occupied West Bank on Monday, and Khalil Awawda, whose health deteriorated in mid June after a hunger strike of 100 days, as part of the ceasefire.
At least 32 Palestinians were killed, including six children, since Friday evening in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
The Palestinians have tried to retaliate by rocket attacks, but the impact of the attacks is not yet known.