A ceasefire has been declared between the #Palestinian #Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and #Israel after two days of intense rocket fire from #Gaza and Israeli Air Force (IAF) air strikes. The violence began early Tuesday when an IAF air strike killed Bahu Abu al-Ata, a senior commander of the PIJ who was in charge of coordinating rocket attacks. The deal was brokered on Thursday by Egypt and the UN. While Israel has not officially commented on it, the IDF said it would only retaliate against additional attacks. Over 450 rockets were launched into Israel over a two day span, with 90 percent being intercepted to the Iron Dome, according to the #Israeli military. Medical officials said three Israeli’s were wounded from rocket blasts and over 80 received light wounds associated with shock or attempts to flee blast sites.
During and following the rocket campaign, Israel launched a series of air strikes in #Gaza. Gaza’s Health Ministry said that 34 people were killed, including eight children, and over 100 others were wounded. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said 25 militants were killed in strike operations, most of which were in the act of launching rockets. Israel was also accused of an air strike in #Damascus, #Syria, that killed another PIJ leader. The fighting caused schools in both Gaza and Israel to be suspended and most public places were closed. #AtlasNewsUpdateIsrael