Israel-Palestine conflict: ceasefire after at least 43 dead

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It’s the largest flare-up on the Gaza border in more than a year (Image: EPA/REX/AFP)

At least 15 children are among the 43 killed in violence in the Gaza Strip as a ceasefire agreement was signed.

Fears of another war were heightened when Israel launched attacks on a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader on Friday.

Palestinian targets were shelled throughout the weekend while militants fired volleys of rockets.

Gaza Strip officials say 43 Palestinians, nearly half civilians, were killed and hundreds more injured.

But it is hoped another tragedy has been avoided for now as Israel and the militant Palestinian Islamic Jihad agree to a ceasefire.

It will come into effect at 11:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. GMT), Islamic Jihad and a Palestinian official familiar with the ceasefire effort said.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid later confirmed the ceasefire brokered by Egypt on Sunday.

The fighting marks the largest flare-up along the Gaza Strip border in more than a year.

Palestinians gather on the rubble of houses at the site where senior commander of Islamic Jihad militant group Khaled Mansour was killed in Israeli attacks, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather on the rubble of houses at the site where a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group was killed (Image: Reuters)

epa10110302 Palestinian bodies of victims killed in Israeli airstrikes during the funeral at Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip August 7, 2022. At least six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Jabaliya refugee camp a day earlier, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. A third day of tensions between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and Israeli forces continues on August 7 as they exchange rocket attacks and airstrikes that have killed at least 31 Palestinians and wounded 284 others, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The Israeli army announced on August 7 that a second senior leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Khaled Mansour, responsible for terrorist attacks on Israelis, was attacked by IDF planes and killed. EPO/HAITHAM IMAD

A funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022 (Image: EPA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nidal Alwaheidi/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock (13074940a) Relatives mourn the loss of Khalil Abu Hamada, a young Palestinian man who was killed overnight in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinians have been killed in a series of Israeli air strikes on several Gaza targets, including the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, announced that senior leader Tayseer al-Jabari was killed in the attacks. Palestinians mourn after the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, Palestine - August 7, 2022

Relatives mourn the loss of Khalil Abu Hamada, a young Palestinian who was killed in Jabalia refugee camp during the night (Image: Nidal Alwaheidi/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)

This image shows a crater in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon after a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on August 7, 2022. - An Islamic Jihad source said that after three days of deadly fighting between militants in the Gaza Strip and Israel, ceasefire talks are taking place. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

A crater in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon after a rocket attack from Gaza (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Hamas, which rules the strip, waged an 11-day war with Israel back in May 2021.

The group has resisted intervening in the current conflict, fearing it would quickly escalate otherwise.

This is likely due to the impact reprisals would have on the impoverished area.

Concerns that existing economic agreements with Israel — including Israeli work permits for thousands of Gaza residents — could be violated are also believed to be a factor.

Israel claimed on Friday that it had launched a “preventive” operation ahead of a possible Islamic Jihad attack in response to the arrest of senior member Bassam al-Saadi.

It began with a strike on Friday that killed Tayseer Jabari, a senior Islamic Jihad commander.

Khaled Mansour, a prominent leader of the same group, was killed the following day in an airstrike on a home in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

The missile obliterated the three-story building, leaving badly damaged homes nearby.

TOPSHOT - Smoke billows from a building hit in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 7, 2022. - Israel today bombed Islamic Jihad positions in the Gaza Strip for a third day as violence escalated, killing 31 Palestinians and militants firing their first rockets at Jerusalem. (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

Smoke billows from a building hit during an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

epa10110003 View of destroyed houses after an Israeli airstrike in the city of Rafah, Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022. A third day of tensions between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israeli forces continues on August 7 as they exchange rocket attacks and airstrikes resulting in deaths from at least 31 Palestinians and injuries to 275 others, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Israeli army announced on August 7 that a second senior leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Khaled Mansour, responsible for terrorist attacks on Israelis, was attacked by IDF planes and killed. EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

A view of destroyed homes in the town of Rafah (Image: EPA)

A Palestinian rests amidst the rubble at the site where senior commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group Khaled Mansour was killed in Israeli attacks, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian rests amid the rubble at the site where senior commander of Islamic Jihad militant group Khaled Mansour was killed (Image: Reuters)

TOPSHOT -- An Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launches a missile on August 7, 2022 to intercept missiles fired from the Gaza Strip amid heightened tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on the outskirts of the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. - Air raid sirens rang out in the Jerusalem area today, the Israeli army said, as militants in the Gaza Strip continued to exchange fire with Israel for a third day. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

An Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launches a missile to intercept missiles fired from the Gaza Strip (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

A funeral for Mansour was held in the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon.

Disturbing images show Palestinians mourning the dead while many Israelis have fled to temporary shelters as explosions pound the area and sirens wail.

In the last 15 years there have been four wars and a number of other battles between Israel and Palestine.

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