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Report: Cease Fire Deal Reached in Cairo as Hamas Opens Fire

The terms of the deal have not yet been made public, but the cease fire takes effect 6 am Friday.
Kibbutz Sufa, near the Gaza border.

Kibbutz Sufa, near the Gaza border.
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A cease fire deal was reportedly reached Thursday in Cairo, according to international media, among them Reuters, the BBC and AFP — but both sides are denying the reports.

There is conflicting information about the deal and Israeli officials claimed the reports are “incorrect.” Likewise, Hamas also denied to international media that any deal had been reached.

According to the reports, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) represented Israel in the indirect negotiations with Hamas in Cairo. The cease fire is to take effect at 6 am Friday morning local time. If Hamas violates the truce, Israel warned it would retaliate immediately.

The Jewish State has yet to make good on such threats: two hours after the start of a humanitarian cease fire on Thursday, Hamas launched a barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel – and Israel did nothing in response.

Hamas terrorists were punctual in ending the humanitarian cease fire, which was scheduled to stop at 3 pm. A missile barrage was fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon and the community of Zikkim precisely at 2:59 pm local time. The rockets exploded in the Ashkelon coastal region, with impacts reported in open areas. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

The initial attack was quickly followed up by numerous others, most aimed at Ashkelon and at the Gaza Belt communities. A Grad missile was also launched at the Negev city of Be’er Sheva less than an hour after the “cease fire” had ended as well, exploding in an open area on the outskirts of the city.

Another rocket fell short, landed within the Gaza region. It is not known whether Arab civilians in the territory were wounded by the Hamas attack on their own people — and if so, whether women or children were killed in the explosion.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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26 Responses to “Report: Cease Fire Deal Reached in Cairo as Hamas Opens Fire”

  1. If so, Naftali Bennett need to leave the government in protest!

  2. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    ,GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF

  3. Will it hold? For how long? I think Israel will not break it first.

  4. Irresponsible reporting. Cabinet never voted on it and both Israel and Hamas deny it.

  5. Irresponsible reporting. Cabinet never voted on it and both Israel and Hamas deny it.

  6. I believe that the reported ‘Cease Fire Deal” has been denied by both Hamas and Israel officials

  7. Hopefully HAMAS will seriously effect this cease fire; they should think carefully about the people they so willingly thrust into danger

  8. Hopefully HAMAS will seriously effect this cease fire; they should think carefully about the people they so willingly thrust into danger

  9. Timmy Boone says:

    There is no negotiating with fatalistic fanatics.

  10. hamas will break it first.

  11. I am afraid you are right in that opinion. we will see.

  12. Sheri, we are realistic!!!

  13. So more and more if our people both young and old will be kidnapped and slaughtered and then our fantastic government pretends to care but does nothing about it. Wow so great!

  14. So more and more if our people both young and old will be kidnapped and slaughtered and then our fantastic government pretends to care but does nothing about it. Wow so great!

  15. Usani Utum says:

    I pray the cease fire deal should be real

  16. Why give them more time to regroup against Israel. So they can dig more tunnels ect ect

  17. David Cohen says:

    An Israeli frien told me it was a five hour ceasefire. Just to allow food into Gaza and to give Israelis a little sleep.

  18. Another opportunity for Hamas to try some more sneaky stuff. If they say peace and safety then sudden destruction shall come.

  19. Israel…..No fkg Deals. continue on…

  20. I think American soldiers should flock to Israel…..I mean Obama is firing you here. Go fight a war worth winning.

  21. Karen Bryant says:

    If hamas agreed to it, its only to gain time to rearm.

  22. Go in and finish them off once and for all.

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