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Israel and Hamas agree ceasefire to end 11 days of violence

Israeli and Hamas have agreed a ceasefire to end their conflict after 11 days of fighting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the ceasefire, and a statement from the security cabinet called the truce “mutual and unconditional”.

Hamas said the truce would begin at 2am local time on Friday (midnight UK time), but Israel said the time was yet to be agreed.

The breakthrough came a day after US President Joe Biden called for an urgent de-escalation, and following mediation bids by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations.

At least 230 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, according to Gaza health officials, while 12 in Israel have died.

The two sides were still negotiating exactly when it would take effect. Multiple reports said the truce was to go into effect at 2am on Friday (23:00 GMT on Thursday), just over three hours after the cabinet’s decision

At least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed in 11 days of violence.

On the Israeli side, 12 people, including two children, have been killed.

United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday discussed the events in Gaza with Netanyahu earlier, telling the caretaker leader that he expected “a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire”.

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