Gaza Frontier Clashes End After Days Of Violence As Israel And Palestinian Militants Declare Ceasefire

The Islamic Jihad militant group and Israel declared a truce late on Sunday in a bid to end the three days of violence, killing dozens of people in Gaza.

What Happened: Israel, after the Islamic Jihad, in two separate statements, announced the truce, and both thanked Egypt for mediating the ceasefire, signaling an end to the most severe flare-up on the Gaza frontier in more than a year, Reuters reported.

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Israel's military pounded targets in Gaza beginning Friday until the ceasefire. The Islamic Jihad fired over 1,100 rockets over three days, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

In a statement, U.S. President Joe Biden praised the truce and called on all parties "to fully implement [it] and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza."

Reuters noted that the conflict was relatively contained because Hamas — the governing Islamist group in the Gaza Strip and a more powerful force than Iran-backed Islamic Jihad — stayed out of it.

According to Gaza officials, 44 Palestinians, about a third of them civilians, were killed. Israeli forces said some of these deaths were caused by rocket misfires.

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Editor's Note: This story was edited to update the official information from the Israeli Defense Forces.

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