Celebrations in the street as Israel and Hamas CEASE FIRE in Gaza after fierce 11-day conflict.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip lined the streets in celebration following as the ceasefire came into effect, with many holding up their phones with the torch feature activated
As the hour struck, Gaza residents cheered from their terraces. Celebratory gunfire sounded over the mostly dark neighborhoods, a few horns sounded from cars braving streets pocked with shell craters and praise for God rang out from mosques around Gaza City. Gazans paraded along the beach, holding up their phone lights.
Celebrations also broke out in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin, and fireworks were set off in East Jerusalem.
The violence erupted on May 10, triggered by Palestinians’ anger at what they assailed as Israeli curbs on their rights in Jerusalem, including during police confrontations with protesters at Al-Aqsa mosque during the Ramadan fasting month.
The fighting meant many Palestinians in Gaza could not mark the Eid al-Fitr festival at Ramadan’s conclusion. On Friday, throughout Gaza, postponed Eid al-Fitr meals were held instead.
In Israel, radio stations that had carried around-the-clock news and commentary switched back to pop music and folk songs.
Gaza health officials said 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, had been killed and more than 1,900 wounded in aerial bombardments. Israel said it had killed at least 160 combatants.