Ceasefire between Israel and Palestine comes into effect

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A ceasefire between Israel and Palestine has come into effect after 11 days of intense bombardment in which more than 240 people died.

The ceasefire began early on Friday with Palestinians pouring onto the streets of Gaza to celebrate the truce.

The clashes in Gaza began on 10th of May after Hamas began firing rockets following weeks of rising tension in the occupied East Jerusalem that culminated in clashes at a holy site.

Hamas had warned Israel to withdraw from the site ahead of launching rockets which resulted in retaliatory strikes by Israel that left at least 232 people dead, including more than 100 women and children.

However, Israel claims that the strikes killed at least 150 Palestinian militants.

Meanwhile, the medical service of Israel has said the rocket attacks by Palestinian militants killed at least 12 people in Israel, including two children.

According to reports, the United Nations, Qatar and Egypt played key roles in mediating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

This comes as the U.S. President Joe Biden had earlier told the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expected a significant de-escalation on the path to a ceasefire.

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