After almost 500 rockets fired at southern Israel over the past day, Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza agreed to a ceasefire that would follow the agreement reached in 2014.
Hamas and other Gaza terror groups said Tuesday they had accepted an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel.
An Israeli official responded earlier to ceasefire reports, saying that a ceasefire has been reached and that “Israel reserves its freedom to operate.”
Following news of the ceasefire, residents of southern Israel gathered at the entrance to the town of Sderot, protesting against the security situation, Israel’s lack of reaction against rocket attacks and continued terrorism from Gaza.
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Furious at cabinet’s decision, some 500 protesters burned tires, waved signs, shouted “Bibi go home” and blocked roads in Sderot.
The protests included signs with slogans such as: “We are not second-class citizens.”
“I’m protesting over the oversight, the disgrace, the silencing. The cease-fire agreement that has just been signed is very, very sad. We’re very angry at the government. We expected them to do something to stop terror. But a cease-fire, especially one announced by Hamas, is not what we expected,” a protester said.
Residents of southern Israel are planning further demonstrations and road blockages in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the ceasefire with the terror group.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s bureau released a statement following news on the emerging ceasefire in which it denied previous reports that said Liberman supported a halt to Israeli strikes on Gaza.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett also released a statement denying he supported any kind of ceasefire.