Israel, Islamic Jihad Agree to Gaza Ceasefire

Egypt confirms deal, Israeli officials aren't commenting

Fighting in the Gaza Strip came to a halt at 10:30 pm EST on Wednesday evening (3:30 GMT),with an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Islamic Jihad and Israel going into effect.

Islamic Jihad had been talking up its interest in a ceasefire all day on Wednesday. Egyptian officials confirmed the deal, saying it included a ceasefire toward protesters in Gaza and an end to assassinations.

So far, Israeli officials have not commented directly, though media outlets with a presence at the Gaza border say that all fighting has halted, so it seems the fighting is over, at least for now.

That makes this a very brief flareup in Gaza, despite Israeli officials saying they expected it to last for some time. Since the fighting started with Israel attacking Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Damascus, it is surprising how quickly Egypt was able to get it calmed back down with a brokered deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.