The ceasefire between the Israeli armed forces and the military arm of Hamas, the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip, was officially implemented at 02:00 (local time).
In Israel, no air defense sirens sounded for at least the first few minutes after the agreement was implemented, which put an end to 10 days of bloody clashes.
Many Palestinians took to the streets, saluting “the victory of the resistance achieved over the Occupation (editor’s note: Israel) during the ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ battle.”
Both sides said they would retaliate if the other side violated the agreement. Egypt, which facilitated the deal, said it would set up two delegations to monitor its implementation.
Since the start of hostilities on May 10, health authorities in Gaza have reported 232 dead Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women, and more than 1,900 wounded. The Israeli army estimates that at least 160 Palestinian fighters were killed.
In Israel, 12 people were killed and hundreds were injured after rocket attacks, prompting people to flee to shelters.