Ceasefire deal reached between Palestine and Israel

Palestine and Israel have reached an agreement of ceasefire after recent deaths of 23 Palestinians and 4 Israelis due to violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel.

The deal was reached at 1:30 GMT as confirmed by Gaza officials and following it no Israeli air raid was reported on Palestinian territory.

The Gaza officials added Qatar and Egypt helped in brokering a deal.

Confirmation of the same is still awaited from Israeli side, but its army lifted Monday all protective restrictions which were imposed near the Gaza area over the weekend.

An Egyptian official confirmed deal has been reached between Israel and Palestine.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Transportation Ministry said all the bus routes in the north would be returning back to normal and railway line between Ashkelon and Beersheba will be resumed.

Over the weekend clashes between the two sides severe and rocket sirens went off continuously in southern Israel to alert residents to run for cover.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Sunday massive strikes on the Gaza Strip. A 34-year-old Hamas commander is reported was killed in the violence.

The deal was reached at 1:30 GMT as confirmed by Gaza officials and following it no Israeli air raid was reported on Palestinian territory.

Two million Palestinian livein Gaza and over the years its economy has suffered due to blockades.

According to Israel the blockade was necessary to block weapons reaching Hamas.

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