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Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza agreed to a “mutual and simultaneous” cease-fire.
Two Palestinian officials said that Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza agreed to a cease-fire, after a night of Israeli air strikes targeting the besieged coastal strip, while rockets were fired towards Israel after the prominent Palestinian citizen, Khader, was killed in prison. Adnan.
Two sources told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that the “mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire came into force at 3:30 am (0030 GMT) and was implemented with efforts from Egyptian and Qatari officials and the United Nations.
The movement said in a statement earlier on Wednesday that Hamas was in talks with Egyptian and Qatari officials and the United Nations to end “the Israeli aggression on Gaza.”
Hamas said its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, held talks with officials from both countries and the United Nations to end the Israeli attacks, which saw Israeli fighter jets and tanks attack targets in Gaza late Tuesday, and Palestinian fighters fire rockets into Israel, after the youth was killed. Adnan after spending 87 days on hunger strike in an Israeli prison.
A Palestinian source told Al-Jazeera Arabic that the cease-fire came as a result of the entry of several parties into talks to prevent an escalation of the Israeli attack on Gaza. Hamas also praised the performance of the Palestinian armed groups that jointly responded to Adnan’s killing, Al-Jazeera Al-Arabiya reported.
A joint statement by factions in Gaza, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said on Tuesday that the rocket fire was an “initial response” to Adnan’s killing.
The Israeli military said at least 30 rockets were fired from Gaza. Two planes crashed in the small Israeli city of Sderot, east of Gaza. Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service said three people were wounded by shrapnel in the Sderot area.
Israeli air strikes targeted several locations in Gaza, which has a population of more than two million people, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, according to security sources and Palestinian witnesses.
Issam Adwan, a Gaza-based journalist, told Al Jazeera that he heard several explosions near his house and refuted claims by Israeli forces that they only targeted military sites and not civilians.
“We have experienced and witnessed a significant increase … by Israeli warplanes targeting densely populated areas, even with the Israeli authorities’ claims of targeting [only] “Hamas military sites – as they usually claim,” Adwan said.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, called on Israel earlier on Tuesday to stop “unilateral measures” that could increase tensions “and jeopardize the prospect of a future just and sustainable peace based on the two-state solution,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. European Union. After Borrell met Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Brussels.
And in the West Bank city of Hebron, shops staged a general strike to mourn Adnan’s death. Some demonstrators burned tires and threw stones at the occupation soldiers, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them. There were no reports of injuries.
Adnan was arrested 12 times and spent about eight years in Israeli prisons, most of them under what is called “administrative detention” where the Israeli authorities can detain Palestinians for renewable six-month periods without trial or charges.
Since 2011, Adnan has conducted at least three hunger strikes to protest his detention without charge by Israeli forces.
Adnan’s lawyer, Jamil al-Khatib, and a doctor at a human rights organization who met Adnan recently in prison, accused the Israeli authorities of withholding medical care.
We demanded that he be transferred to a civilian hospital where he could be properly monitored. “Unfortunately, such a request was met with intransigence and rejection,” Khatib told Reuters.
Adnan, 45, was a baker and father of nine from Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Jonathan Kuttab, an international human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, said Adnan was an example of a man whose “will was not and cannot be broken” by Israeli forces.
He had no way of resisting it other than his peaceful reaction, which was, “I refuse to eat until you kill me,” Kuttab told Al Jazeera.
The Israelis are trying to keep several million Palestinians under their control and trying to break their will; They are trying to break their resolve.
Adnan was “under administrative detention. Even under apartheid South Africa, they had no such thing as administrative detention,” he added.
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