Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad have confirmed that they reached a ceasefire agreement with the Israeli regime to mark the end of Israeli violent attacks on the Gaza Strip. "In the coming hours, there will be a formal announcement of the winning of the Palestinian resistance from Cairo. The announcement will ensure the end of the criminal war on Gaza,” said Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman on Tuesday.
He added that, “This is a lesson to the [Israeli] occupation that it will not ever commit stupid actions against Palestinians. Also they will agree to end the siege on Gaza.”Khader Habib, a senior Islamic Jihad also said that there may be a ceasefire announcement on Tuesday, adding, “The Zionist enemy delayed the announcement of the truce because it decided to kill our children and women.” Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi earlier said Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip will end on Tuesday, adding that the Egyptian-mediated efforts for a ceasefire will yield "positive results" in coming hours. The Israeli offensive has left over 130 Palestinians dead and some 1,000 others injured since it started on November 14. Habib went on to say that “the world should take the leaders of the [Israeli] occupation to international court and to file against them in the international courts." According to reports, Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements and the Egyptian mediators will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday night to announce the ceasefire. Israeli military forces have conducted more than 1,500 aerial and sea attacks against the Gaza Strip since last Wednesday. In response, Palestinian resistance fighters continue to fire retaliatory rockets and missiles in the Israeli-occupied lands, causing a number of casualties. MKA/MA