Israel, Hamas Agree to Second 72-Hour Ceasefire

Israel, Hamas Agree to Second 72-Hour Ceasefire

JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a second 72-hour ceasefire, multiple Israeli media outlets confirm.

Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Times of Israel that Israel has accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal after previously asserting it would not negotiate while under continued rocket fire from Hamas. The ceasefire will take effect at midnight on Monday morning. 

In the final minutes before last week’s ceasefire, which began at 8 a.m., dozens of rockets were fired into Israel, including four that were aimed at Jerusalem. Israeli military and security officials will likely be on high alert headed into this latest temporary truce.

According to the Times report, Israeli officials say they are “wary” after the collapse of last week’s ceasefire, which was broken several hours early by either Hamas or Islamic Jihad terrorists.