Gaza: The ceasefire holds, Israel opens the crossings again

Gaza: The ceasefire holds, Israel opens the crossings again

A quiet night passed in both Gaza and Israel after the late night announcement of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel announced this morning that it would reopen both the Kerem Shalom trading post, the closure of which had caused, among other things, the cessation of activities at the Gaza power plant, and the Erez passenger crossing, from which 14,000 unskilled workers can depart today to transit through Gaza employed in Israel. Yesterday, the Erez border crossing would have been damaged by Islamic Jihad mortars, but apparently it is still accessible. However, Israel still maintains “some precautionary measures” in the area near the Gaza Strip. Farmers are still prohibited from reaching fields near the border fences.

In three days of fighting, Israel hit 170 targets attributed to Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Including: a military tunnel, warehouses, LancBreaking Dawnio ramps, emplacements, and even prominent members of the organization’s military wing. Ten missile launches were intercepted on the ground in real time. With the conclusion of Operation Breaking Dawn in Gaza, Israeli military radio quantified the attacks by the Palestinians and said 1,100 rockets were fired from Gaza, of which only 900 reached Israeli territory while the others fell back into the Strip. The Iron Dome defense batteries, Israeli military radio continues, have intercepted 380 rockets “directly threatening populated areas in Israel.” According to the channel, this is a 96-97% success rate, significantly higher than what has been recorded in operations against Hamas in Gaza over the past decade. According to the radio, this is due to the “continuous development of these batteries. The new laser missile interceptor system has not yet been used and will only be operational in a year or two”.

Joe Biden welcomes ceasefire between Israel and Gaza after three days of hostilities. Biden himself reiterates this, emphasizing that “both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in safety.”

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