Large-scale celebrations took place in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories, as the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took its place.
Escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police inside Jerusalem have triggered an 11-day wave of fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.
Both Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas claimed victory after declaring a ceasefire between the two sides.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the air campaign on Gaza was an “extraordinary success” as it destroyed the resistance tunnel network and turned it into a “death trap.”
Netanyahu added that Israel has hit resistance ability to fire rockets toward Israeli cities and towns.
A Palestinian resistance official told the Associated Press that Israel’s ceasefire represents a “victory” for the Palestinian people and a defeat for Netanyahu.
Palestinians celebrate victory
While thousands attended a ceremony at dawn in Gaza City last Friday, Palestinians declared victory over Israel in the armed conflict between the two sides, starting a ceasefire agreement.
Senior Gaza leader Khalil Al-Hayya said in a speech to the Palestinian who gathered, waving Palestinian flags and chanting in support of the movement.
“We say to our people who lost their homes and got displaced, we will build what the occupation destroyed and we will bring the smiles back.”
“We say to the enemy who claims victory, O enemy, you have triumphed over the children and women” he continued.
How did the Palestinian celebrate their victory?
Large numbers of Palestinians were on the streets, in their cars and on foot, to celebrate.
In Gaza, car horns were fired while mosques announced through loudspeakers “the victory of the resistance.”
The Israeli army later announced the lifting of all emergency restrictions on the movement of people across the country
What are the international reactions towards the truce between Israel and Gaza?
Various international parties welcomed the Egyptian-brokered truce reached in Gaza between Israel and Gaza.
Biden promises aids to help Gaza
For his part, US President Joe Biden affirmed his country’s commitment to work with the United Nations and international agencies to provide aid to the people of Gaza.
“We remain committed to working with the United Nations and other influential international actors to provide urgent assistance and mobilize international support for the people of Gaza and for Gaza’s reconstruction efforts,” Biden said.
“I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis both deserve to live in safety and security. And to enjoy equal degrees of freedom, prosperity, and democracy”, he added.
The European Union: “the political solution that will bring peace”
The European Union foreign minister Josep Borel said
“We are shocked and regret the loss of life over the past 11 days, as the European Union has consistently stressed the situation in the Gaza Strip is not sustainable for a long time,”
“Only a political solution will bring lasting peace and end the entire Palestinian-Israeli conflict, “the statement stressed.
Russian relief and Chinese welcoming
“It’s an important step, but not sufficient. To avoid a repeat of violent confrontation, international and regional efforts must focus on the resumption of direct political negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”Maria Zakharova said, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, for his part said: “his country welcomes the ceasefire between the two sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We hope that both sides will seriously abide by the ceasefire and stop the violence.”
Israel breaks the truce as usual!
Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque took its place again.
Hours after the ceasefire came into effect, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians renewed in the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque after Friday prayers attended by thousands of worshipers.
According to the ministry of health, about 20 Palestinians were injured during the clashes.
Israeli police said in a statement that as Friday prayers ended:. “hundreds of Palestinians were throwing stones and bombs at police that were stationed at one of Al-Aqsa’s entrances.
In the statement,the commander of the Jerusalem police ordered officers to enter the courtyard to deal with the troublemakers.
However, today settlers broke the deal with Palestinians again and entered the mosque protected by armed Israeli police.