Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

“I never feel safe in my own home.”

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Just a few miles from Gaza in southern Israel, we met Renana Botzer Swissa, who said it was “very scary” every time Hamas rockets are fired near her home.She said she knows what she experiences, however, is nothing compared to what Nadine is going through inside Gaza.We asked the young Israeli what she’d say to Nadine if they were ever to meet.”I wouldn’t say nothing,” she replied. The Gaza Health Ministry said on Thursday that the death toll from the bombing campaign had hit 230, with 65 children among the dead.Israel, meanwhile, said on Thursday that Hamas had fired more than 4,000 rockets since the current violence began. “I would just hug her, and tell her that I know what she feels.”CBSNews.com’s Tucker Reals contributed to this report. “I want to feel safe for one day at least,” she said. Palestinian women and children evacuate their homes and head for shelter during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, May 20, 2021. The United Nation’s children’s charity UNICEF has warned that one million Palestinian youngsters are facing “disaster” if a ceasefire isn’t called soon.CBS News spoke to two 10-year-old girls, one Israeli and one Palestinian, about what they’re experiencing.Nadine Abdel-Taif has become the face of Gaza’s children after her video appeal for peace went viral online. Israeli airstrikes have illuminated the skyline for 11 days, causing an inferno of destruction on the ground. Israel insists it is carrying out precision strikes against militant targets and tunnel networks in Gaza, and that it does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.But Hamas officials said on Thursday that more than 100,000 Palestinians had been forced out of their homes by the Israeli strikes in just over a week, as hundreds of residential buildings have been razed or seriously damaged.Israel blames Hamas for the civilian suffering in Gaza, accusing it of hiding amongst the population in the crowded territory. First published on May 20, 2021 / 8:51 AM CBS News met Nadine near her neighborhood, which is now in ruins. local time on Friday, as long as Israel abides by the same conditions.The spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said that, if Israel launched an attack on Gaza before 2 a.m., the militant group was prepared to continue launching rockets.The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden had spoken to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, and “discussed efforts to achieve a ceasefire.” The White House also said the two leaders will stay “closely” in touch. “That one was really close”: CBS News reporter Haley Ott captured video inside a bomb shelter in southern Israel as rocket interceptions were heard overhead https://t.co/uXN1Q8vreU pic.twitter.com/wXLp8BiDnn— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 19, 2021

A day later, CBS News’ producer in Gaza said new airstrikes had again struck buildings in the north of the territory. Nebraska, for comparison, has a similar population living across its 77,000 square miles. It’s one of the most tightly-packed human populations on Earth. An hour after the Israel government’s announcement, Taher Al-Nono, the political adviser to the head of the political bureau of Hamas, issued a statement saying they had agreed to a cease-fire to start at 2 a.m. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty

The misery in Gaza has been unrelenting. Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

By Imtiaz Tyab, Haley Ott

Updated on: May 20, 2021 / 5:13 PM
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Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

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Tel Aviv, Israel —The Israeli government and Hamas said they had agreed to a cease-fire late Thursday after 11 days of violence that saw over 200 Palestinians and 12 Israelis killed in the worst fighting in the region in years. 

A statement put out by the Israeli prime minister’s office said the security cabinet had “unanimously” agreed to accept the Egyptian proposal for a “mutual cease-fire,” but did not specify when it would start. “The political leadership emphasizes that it is the reality on the ground that will determine the future of the operation,” the statement said. The vast majority of those unpredictable projectiles have been intercepted by Israel’s advanced “Iron Dome” missile defense system, but the ones that slip through have killed 12 Israelis, including two children.CBS News’ team in the southern Israeli town of Be’er Sheva had to join residents of an apartment building on Wednesday as they ducked into a bomb shelter when sirens blared, warning of another salvo of rockets from Gaza. Palestinians inspect damage to buildings in northern Gaza City on May 20, 2021, after 10 days of Israeli airstrikes. 

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Some 2 million Palestinians live crammed into the tiny, 140-square-mile sliver of land that is the Gaza Strip.