Israel approves ceasefire to end 11-day bombing blitz in Gaza after more than 200 deaths
20th May 2021

ISRAEL has approved a ceasefire to end the 11-day bombing blitz in Gaza after more than 200 fatalities have been reported.

The Israeli Security Cabinet has approved the truce in a bid to end the military offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to reports.

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Earlier today, diplomatic moves towards a truce in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gathered pace after Joe Biden urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a "de-escalation."

Moussa Abu Marzouk previously claimed a "mutual agreement" will be reached this week – even after Israel said it would halt its offensive only when it had achieved its goals.

The senior political official with Hamas told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV: "I think that the ongoing efforts regarding the ceasefire will succeed.

"I expect a ceasefire to be reached within a day or two, and the ceasefire will be on the basis of mutual agreement."

This comes after Iranian forces allegedly launched an armed suicide drone into Israel as forces rushed to intercept it at the border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded Tehran "patrons of terror" after claiming a drone laden with explosives shot down this week had been sent by Iran.

Netanyahu has revealed he believes it was launched from either Iraq or Syria after being brought down by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the early hours of Tuesday morning as it approached the Israeli-Jordanian border.

"While we were engaged in these hostilities a few days ago, Iran sent an armed drone from Iraq or from Syria,” he said, speaking at a press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

“Iranian forces launched an armed drone, which our forces intercepted on the border between Israel and Jordan.

“I think says everything on the true patron of terror in the Middle East and in the world: Iran.”

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