GAZA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement said Thursday that the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip does not mean an end to the conflict.
"The battle with the enemy has not ended," declared a masked gunman from al-Quds brigades.
"Our choice in fighting and getting weapons to defend our people is going on," he told at a press conference in Gaza City.
The ceasefire announced Wednesday night ended a week of cross- border violence between Israel and Palestinian armed groups led by Islamic Hamas movement, which controls Gaza.
The gunman noted that his group lost 10 fighters in the Israeli aerial offensive and fired 620 rockets and missiles towards Israeli cities.
Hamas took the credit for firing more rockets, including several that reached the outskirts of Jerusalem and some Israeli cities.
The Israeli attacks killed 162 Palestinians, more than 40 of them children. Five Israelis were dead from the Palestinian rocket fire.
BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The international community welcomed a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza militant groups led by the Islamic Hamas movement, which came into effect late Wednesday, saying it was important to make sure the implementation of the deal.
Hailing the ceasefire agreement, which was brokered by the Egyptian government, the UN Security Council called on relevant parties "to act seriously" and "in good faith" in order to bring a "sustainable and durable" peace in the Middle East. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, and called on the relevant parties "to act seriously" and "in good faith" in order to bring a "sustainable and durable" peace in the Middle East.
"The members of the Security Council welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in relation to the Gaza Strip in order to bring about a sustainable and durable cessation of hostilities that have been affecting the Gaza Strip and Israel," said a statement read to the press by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian UN ambassador who holds the rotating council presidency for November. Full story
JERUSALEM/GAZA/CAIRO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have reached a cease- fire agreement to end eight days of fighting, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Wednesday afternoon.
The truce, brokered by Egypt, takes effect at 09:00 p.m. Gaza time (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Full story