Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Ceasefire in Gaza
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Hamas and other Palestinian factions agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT).
Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement on Sunday the group took the decision after studying a UN proposal for a ceasefire and taking into consideration the situation of the people of Gaza and the Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebrations expected to start on Monday.
There was no immediate word from Israel, which called off its own 24-hour truce earlier in the day after Hamas fired a volley of rockets into southern and central Israel.
The Israeli military attributed its decision to resume aerial, naval and ground activity to "Hamas's incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the civilian population in Gaza".
Smoke was seen billowing over several locations in Gaza, which is governed by Hamas, shortly after the Israeli announcement, reported Al Jazeera.
The Gaza Health Ministry said two Palestinians were killed at the Nusairat refugee camp in central Gaza and three others in Khan Younis in the south. The death toll now stands at more than 1,000.