Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire putting an end to the 11-day military operation in the Gaza Strip.
The decision came after heavy pressure from the United Nations and United States to halt the offensive.
Israeli media reported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet confirmed the decision to approve a “mutual and unconditional” ceasefire hours before. A Hamas official confirmed a “mutual and simultaneous” truce from 2:00am local time (AEST 9:00am) Friday morning.
In the lead up to the ceasefire deadline mentioned by Hamas, there were reports of Palestinian rockets being fired and at least one air strike by Israel.
Hamas is a Palestinian militant Islamist group which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and it is deemed a terrorist organisation in the West and by Israel.
A statement by Netanyahu’s office said the Security Cabinet had “unilaterally accepted the recommendation” for a ceasefire by an Egyptian-mediated proposal.
“The political leaders emphasized that the reality on the ground will be that which determines the future of the campaign,” the statement said.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz wrote on Twitter that the Gaza offensive had yielded “unprecedented military gains”.
A Hamas official told the Associated Press that the ceasefire announced by Israel amounts to a “victory for the Palestinian people” and a defeat for the Israeli Prime Minister.
Since the fighting began on May 10, the Gaza Health Ministry said at least 230 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women, had been killed and more than 1900 wounded in aerial bombings. Israel has said at least 150 militants are among those killed in Gaza.
12 people in Israel, including two children, have been killed, with hundreds of people treated for injuries in rocket attacks.
The ceasefire brings an end to the heaviest round of fighting between the enemies since a 50-day war in 2014.
Following the news of the truce, President Biden pledged to salve the devastated Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid.
Palestinians, many of whom had spent huddled in fear of Israeli attacks, poured onto Gaza’s streets in celebration.
A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages from the attack of Gaza following the ceasefire, warning the group still had its “hands on the trigger”.