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Hamas official predicts ceasefire within ‘a day or two’

However, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he was “determined to carry on” until “calm and security are restored to Israeli citizens”.

Hamas official predicts ceasefire within ‘a day or two’

Hamas official predicts ceasefire within ‘a day or two’

A senior Hamas official has said that he expects Israel and Gaza militants to reach a ceasefire “within a day or two” as cross-border attacks continue. He also said that he expects the ceasefire will be on a basis of mutual agreement. However, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he was “determined to carry on” until “calm and security are restored to Israeli citizens”.

100 Israeli air strikes

On Thursday, there were more than 100 Israeli air strikes on Hamas infrastructure in the north of Gaza. Palestinian militants retaliated with rocket fire at Israeli targets.

The Gaza fighting began after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem that culminated in clashes at a holy site. Hamas, which controls Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site. This triggered retaliatory air strikes.

At least 227 people, including more than 100 women and children, have been killed in Gaza so far. According to Israel at least 150 militants are among those killed in Gaza. In Israel 12 people, including two children, have been killed. Israel stated that some 4 000 rockets have been fired towards its territory by Gaza militants.

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