Ceasefire Announced in Gaza

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A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was agreed on between Israel and Palestinian factions.

It was agreed on with the Egyptian and United Nations mediation, Ukrinform reported.

It is the second ceasefire agreed on this week.

“With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions,” said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Hamas Islamist group.

Israel did not confirm the reported ceasefire.

“All we can say is that there have been no incidents or Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip since the last wave of airstrikes on Friday night,” said Israeli military spokeswoman.

There were no reports of unrest in the area, except a single tank fire incident with no report of casualties.

Palestinians have been protesting in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of April. They demand the return the territories lost to Israel and the cessation of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.