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Hamas agrees to Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel

Nov. 14, 2018 11:33 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2018 4:32 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, on Tuesday, following two days of Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing 14 Palestinians and injuring dozens.

Following intensive efforts exerted by the Egyptian side, Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement came after two continuous days of Israeli aggression against Gaza, during which 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others were injured, in addition to the complete destruction of residential and governmental buildings, including a kindergarten, news television station and a college.

Israeli warplanes also targeted agricultural lands across Gaza.

The Israeli authorities decided to close the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) with Gaza, preventing anyone, including humanitarian cases, from crossing into Israel.

The Erez crossing is the only operating crossing used for the movement of people between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank; the crossing is under full Israeli control.

The Erez crossing is currently used by patients seeking treatment in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank.

Diplomats, foreign missions, journalists, laborers, Palestinian merchants and holders of entry permits into Israel all pass through this crossing, considering that particularly Palestinians experience long waiting periods to obtain a permit.

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