Crowd Celebrates in Gaza as Ceasefire Comes Into Effect

A ceasefire came into force between Israel and Gaza militants in the early hours of Friday, May 21, ending 11 days of conflict.

In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his security cabinet had accepted the Egyptian initiative for a “mutual ceasefire without pre-conditions.”

At least 232 people were killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli airstrikes, while 12 people were killed in Israel during rocket barrages from Gaza.

Footage shared on Instagram by local photographer and journalist Hashem Hamada shows a crowd celebrating the truce in Gaza City. Credit: Hashem Hamada via Storyful

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