Israel and the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists agreed on a Gaza ceasefire starting at 4:30 a.m. early Monday, said Palestinians sources. No official Israeli confirmation was forthcoming by Monday morning. Only a communique from the Home Command lifting some of the security restrictions imposed on communities within a range of 40km from Gaza. The ceasefire deal is described by the Palestinians as “reciprocal and binding on both sides,” with Israel agreeing to “meet its commitments to ease the blockade against Gaza within a week.” The terrorists deny bowing to Israel’s provision that Hamas put an end to its violent March of Return on Fridays.
Up until Monday night, more than 700 Palestinian rockets were fired into Israeli populated areas in 40 hours, killing four people and injuring around 150. The IDF struck around 320 terrorist targets in Gaza.