After a deadly eight-day conflict, Israel and Hamas militants agreed to aÂ ceasefire effective Wednesday evening, the Egyptian foreign minister announcedÂ at a press conference.
Mohammed Kamel Amr, the foreign minister, made the announcement in Cairo andÂ was flanked by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Egypt is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made thisÂ country a cornerstone of international peace,” Clinton said.
The cease-fire agreement was later confirmed by Israel’s Prime MinisterÂ Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuters reported that the Israeli leader warned in aÂ statement that more forceful action may be employed if the cease-fire deal isÂ unsuccessful.
President Obama called Netanyahu and commended the decision. Obama alsoÂ reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security. Obama also spoke with Egypt’sÂ president, Mohamed Morsi, and thanked the leader for his efforts in theÂ deal.
Earlier Wednesday, a bomb exploded aboard an Israeli bus near the nation’sÂ military headquarters in Tel Aviv, wounding 27 people and at the time deliveringÂ a major blow to diplomatic efforts to forge a truce.
What’s more, a U.N. aid agency reported that some 10,000 Gazans soughtÂ shelter in U.N.-run schools after the Israeli military dropped leaflets TuesdayÂ night on the territory warning residents of certain areas to evacuate theirÂ homes.
The Israeli military did not give a reason for the warning, but many hereÂ fear it is the prelude to a possible ground offensive.
The deal is to end a week of fighting that has killed more than 140Â Palestinians and five Israelis.
Source: Fox News