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Israel, Hamas Agree to Ceasefire Over Gaza Conflict: Netanyahu’s Office

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that officials have agreed on a ceasefire with Hamas after 11 days of fighting. A statement from his office said that his security cabinet ministers agreed to “accept the Egyptian initiative for a mutual ceasefire without any conditions, which will go into effect at an hour that will be determined later.” An official with Hamas, a designated terrorist group since 1997, told Reuters that they would enter a “mutual and simultaneous” Gaza truce at 2 a.m. on May 21. It came after President Joe Biden spoke to Netanyahu over the phone and urged for a ceasefire with Hamas earlier this week, according to a White House readout. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on May 20 that reports about a possible ceasefire were “encouraging.” The United States is trying “to do everything we can to bring an end to the conflict.” …

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