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Israel announces ceasefire after bombings displaced 90,000 Palestinians, UN says

 Israel announces ceasefire after bombings displaced 90,000 Palestinians, UN says

Le cabinet de sécurité israélien a voté à l’unanimité jeudi en fin de journée une cessation «mutuelle et inconditionnelle» des hostilités, selon un communiqué du bureau du premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu.

Selon les médias, un cessez-le-feu négocié par l’Égypte a été conclu entre Israël et les groupes palestiniens, le Hamas et le Jihad islamique, et doit entrer en vigueur vendredi à 2 heures (19 heures, heure de l’Est). Un responsable du Hamas a également confirmé l’accord à l’agence de presse Reuters, précisant que le cessez-le-feu serait «mutuel et simultané».

Israel announces ceasefire after bombings displaced 90,000 Palestinians, UN says
Des Palestiniens crient des slogans et agitent des drapeaux palestiniens lors des funérailles de Mohammad Kiwan, 17 ans, dont la famille dit qu’il a été tué lors d’affrontements avec la police israélienne le jeudi 20 mai 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

It is not known how long the ceasefire will last before Israel resumes its decades-long violence against the Palestinians. However, as the smoke clears, the massive toll of the Israeli attack on Gaza comes to light.

Gaza's health ministry said Thursday afternoon that at least 232 people have been killed, including 65 children, and more than 1,900 have been injured by the Zionist regime. On Wednesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the death toll in the West Bank stood at 25, including four children, and 6,309 injured. In Israel, the total number of victims stood at 12 dead and 796 injured on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, OCHA said Thursday that more than 90,000 Palestinians have had to flee their homes in the past 11 days because of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.

The OCHA report indicates that hostilities have resulted in further displacement, bringing the cumulative number of 'internally displaced persons (IDPs) to around 91,000, of whom 66,000 have taken refuge in 58 schools across the country. 'UNRWA across Gaza and over 25,000 who have been received by host families'.

OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke also told Turkish agency Anadolu: “Overall the situation remains alarming. Hostilities between Israeli forces and armed groups in Gaza continued yesterday for the ninth day, but at a lower intensity. On the other hand, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces across the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, have intensified. "

In remarks made in the White House after the announcement of the ceasefire, US President Biden fully supported Israel’s violent assault. He said, "The United States fully supports Israel's right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups which have taken the lives of innocent civilians."

Biden also said he "congratulated" the Israelis for ending the conflict immediately after 11 days. In a phone call earlier today, the president "assured" Prime Minister Netanyahu of continued US military support.

Just a day before the announcement of the ceasefire, Biden praised Netanyahu for the progress made in "degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements."

Responsibility for the murderous campaign by the Israeli Defense Forces on Gaza lies directly with US imperialism. The bombing of defenseless Palestinians is carried out with arms and funds provided by the US government and with the backing of Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

Al Jazeera reported that Palestinians in Ramallah celebrated the entry into force of the ceasefire early on Friday, according to correspondent Safwat al-Kahlout, who said the sounds of fireworks and gunfire in the tune could be heard. “Thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate,” al-Kahlout said, Palestinians viewing the ceasefire as a victory.

An example of violence directed against innocent civilians was an Israeli airstrike on a family home in Gaza, which killed a disabled Palestinian, his pregnant wife and their three-year-old daughter, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.

According to relatives and authorities, Eyad Salha and his wife, both 33, were preparing for lunch on Wednesday when suddenly "a missile tore the facade of the building located by the sea and destroyed the three rooms of their apartment of Deir al-Balah, in the center of the Gaza Strip, ”Al Jazeera reports.

Salha's brother said the man had been unable to walk for 14 years and was not an armed fighter. "What did my brother do? He was just sitting in his wheelchair. What did her daughter do? What did his wife do? " he told AFP news agency

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