People take to the streets to celebrate following a ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Israel and the ruling Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in Gaza City early on May 21, 2021
People take to the streets to celebrate following a ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Israel and the ruling Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in Gaza City early on May 21, 2021
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Eleven days of deadly clashes that have killed more than 200 and left thousands more injured has now been put to a halt. Israel and Palestine on Friday appeared to come to a temporary understanding, announcing a ceasefire. While the root causes of the conflict continue to be unresolved, the two sides have accepted the Egyptian initiative for a "mutual ceasefire without pre-conditions".

The ceasefire was welcomed by the UN, with Secretary-General António Guterres calling for negotiations and the realisation of a two-state solution. "I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, after days of deadly hostilities. All sides must observe this ceasefire. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have a responsibility beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict," he tweeted.

The news has been hailed by several leaders from around the world, with US President Joe Biden assuring that his administration would continue to work for the welfare of both nations. "I believe that Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in safety and security and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy," he tweeted, making note in a follow up post about the significant loss of life and property over the last few days.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he had spoken with leaders from both Israel and Palestine. Hailing the move, the official said that he would be travelling to the region in the near future to hold meetings.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also applauded the move, calling the ceasefire "welcome news" and urging all involved parties to make it endure. "All sides must work to make the ceasefire durable and end the unacceptable cycle of violence and loss of civilian life. UK continues to support efforts to bring about peace," he tweeted.

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