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Israel and Palestinians agree to a ceasefire, ending days of fighting and bloodshed



TEL AVIV — Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have agreed to a ceasefire, ending five days of fighting between the two sides, one U.S. official and one Israeli official told NBC News on Saturday.

The ceasefire was brokered by Egypt and will begin at 22:00 local time.

“Now this agreement has been reached thanks to the constant efforts of Egypt. We appreciate these efforts,” Mohamad al-Hindi told Al Kahera Wal Nas.

There were no immediate comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or other officials.

Cairo urged all parties to adhere to the agreement, the Egyptian television channel Al-Qahera News reported.

Fighting in Gaza killed 33 Palestinians, including at least 13 civilians. Two people were killed in a rocket attack in Israel, including an 80-year-old Israeli woman and a Palestinian from Gaza who had a work permit in Israel.

The latest violence erupted on Tuesday when Israeli airstrikes killed three senior Islamic Jihad commanders. Israel said the airstrikes were in response to a previous round of rocket attacks last week and that its attacks were focused on Islamic Jihad targets. But Gazans said strikes also targeted the homes of people not involved in the fighting.

Recalling the explosive situation in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military raided the Balata refugee camp near the northern city of Nablus, sparking a shootout that killed two Palestinians. In another incident near the northern city of Jenin, Israeli police said they shot and killed a suspected Palestinian who was running towards soldiers with a knife.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military earlier on Saturday blew up an apartment belonging to Islamic Jihad commander Mohammed Abu al-Atta, among other targets, including rocket launchers, the report said.

A woman sits among the rubble of a destroyed building in the Gaza Strip.Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

Islamic Jihad fighters fired several rocket salvos towards southern Israel, where tens of thousands of Israelis were ordered to stay near safe rooms and bomb shelters. Hundreds of residents near the border were evacuated to hotels further north.

Israel’s military chief, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, said Israel had made “significant gains” during the fighting and said the army was ready to continue its campaign.

“We are ready to continue targeted and incremental strikes,” he added.

The fighting began on Tuesday when Israel targeted and killed three senior Islamic Jihad commanders it said were responsible for last week’s rocket attack on the country. At least 10 civilians, including women, young children and strangers, were killed in these initial strikes, drawing condemnation in the region.

Israel has launched more airstrikes in the past few days, killing other senior Islamic Jihad commanders and destroying their command centers and missile launch sites.

On Saturday, the Palestinians dared to assess the damage caused by Israeli warplanes and salvage what they could. One man carefully pulled documents out of the rubble. Another took the mattress.

Four houses in densely populated residential areas were reduced to dust by pre-dawn attacks. The Israeli military claimed that the shelled houses belonged to Islamic Jihad fighters or were used by them. Residents denied the army’s claims and said they had no idea why their homes were attacked.

“We don’t have launch pads for launching rockets at all. This is a residential area,” said Avni Obeid, standing next to the rubble of his three-story house in downtown Deir el-Balah.

The neighboring house of his relative Jehad Obeid was also razed to the ground. He was standing a few hundred meters away when a bomb exploded in his apartment.

“I was sick because of the dust,” he said. “This is extraordinary hatred. They claim they don’t beat children, but what we see is madness, destruction.”

According to the military, Islamic Jihad fired more than 1,200 rockets into southern and central Israel in response. On Friday, the group stepped up its attacks and fired rockets towards Jerusalem, setting off air raid sirens in Israeli settlements south of the contested capital.

Most of the missiles fell in Gaza, landed in open areas or were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. an old woman and injuring several others.

Hamas, the larger paramilitary group that has waged four wars against Israel since taking control of Gaza in 2007, praised Islamic Jihad’s strikes but remained on the sidelines, limiting the conflict, according to the Israeli military.

As the de facto government blamed the appalling conditions in the blockaded Gaza Strip, Hamas has recently tried to keep its conflict with Israel in check. Islamic Jihad, on the other hand, more ideological and unruly militant group married to violence, took the lead in the last few rounds of fighting with Israel.

Sanchez and Goldman reported from Tel Aviv; and Burke of Pittsburgh.

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Zelensky meets with Pope Francis in Vatican and seeks support for Ukraine’s peace plan



ROME (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a private conversation with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday, later saying he was seeking support for Ukraine’s peace plan from the pontiff, who has offered in the past to try to help end an all-out war. launched by Russia a year ago.

Zelenskiy put his hand to his heart and said it was a “great honor” for him to meet the Pope. Francis, who uses a cane to treat his knee, came to greet the Ukrainian president before escorting him to the papal studio next to the Vatican’s audience hall.

In a tweet after the 40-minute audience, Zelensky thanked Francis for his “personal attention to the tragedy of millions of Ukrainians.” He said he spoke to the pontiff “about tens of thousands of deported (Ukrainian) children. We must do our best to bring them home.”

Last month, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal dad asked help return children from Russia to Ukraine. But the Vatican’s statement on Saturday made no mention of the request.

Instead, the Vatican said the two men were talking about “the humanitarian and political situation in Ukraine provoked by the ongoing war.”

“The Pope assured of his constant prayer, as evidenced by his numerous public appeals and his unceasing appeal to the Lord for peace since February last year,” the Vatican said in a statement, referring to the Russian invasion that began on February 24. 2022.

The meeting comes after the Russian Defense Ministry said long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles delivered to Ukraine by the UK this week caused damage to unspecified civilian businesses in the Luhansk region in Ukraine’s far east. Luhansk authorities separately stated that another rocket attack hit the regional center, injuring an elderly woman.

Two Russian Mi-8 helicopters and a Su-34 fighter-bomber crashed on Saturday in the Bryansk region on the border with Ukraine, state news agency TASS and a Telegram channel close to the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The newspaper “Kommersant” cited reports of the crash of two fighters. The cause of the crash was not immediately disclosed, but there is growing concern in Bryansk about cross-border attacks from Ukraine.

Some Ukrainian units continue to advance in the Bakhmut area, the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces said on Saturday, just a day after Ukrainian commanders said their troops had retaken territory at the site of the longest and bloodiest battle of the war. “In some sectors of the front, our fighters are moving forward, and the enemy is losing equipment and manpower,” Alexander Syrsky said in Telegram.

The exterior of the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Saturday. Zelensky is in Italy on a one-day visit and will also meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

AP Photo/Riccardo de Luca

Zelensky also said he asked the Pope to condemn Russia’s “crimes in Ukraine” because “there can be no equality between victim and aggressor.”

“I also spoke about our Peace Formula as the only effective algorithm for achieving a just peace,” Zelensky said. Later, in an interview on Italian state television, the Ukrainian leader said the pope “knows my position.” There is a war going on in Ukraine, so this should be Ukraine’s plan to “make peace”.

Zelensky’s 10-point plan calls for the creation of a special tribunal to prosecute Russian war crimes. It will also create a Euro-Atlantic security architecture with safeguards for Ukraine, repair Ukraine’s damaged energy infrastructure, and provide security around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye.

Earlier in the day, Zelensky received promises from Italian officials of indefinite military and financial support, as well as stronger support for Ukraine’s cherished goal. strive to join the European Union.

“The message is clear and simple,” Prime Minister Georgia Meloni said after a meeting with Zelenskiy that lasted more than an hour. “The future of Ukraine is the future of peace and freedom. And this is the future of Europe, the future of peace and freedom, for which there are no other possible solutions.”

The prime minister, who is surprisingly supportive of military aid to Ukraine, said Italy will support the country “360 degrees for as long as necessary and beyond.”

Separately, Italian President Sergio Mattarella told Zelensky: “We are completely on your side,” Mattarella told Zelensky, welcoming him. Later, sources at the presidential palace said that Mattarella assured his guest that Italy would continue to support Ukraine militarily and financially, as well as in terms of reconstruction and humanitarian assistance.

Since the start of the war, Italy has provided about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in military and financial aid, as well as humanitarian aid.

Zelenskiy is believed to be heading to Berlin, where it will be his first visit to Germany since the start of the war. The exact timetable has not been publicly announced due to security concerns.

In the end of April Francis told reporters that the Vatican was involved in a behind-the-scenes peacekeeping mission but did not provide details. Neither Russia nor Ukraine confirmed such an initiative.

He said that he would like to go to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, if such a visit could be combined with a visit to Moscow, in the hope that the papal pilgrimage would help the cause of peace.

There have been speculations as to whether the Vatican might play some mediating role. But in an interview on Italian TV on Saturday, Zelenskiy pointed out that mediation was not possible at all. “You cannot mediate with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin,” he said.

Meanwhile, the German government has said it is providing more than 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion) in additional military aid to Ukraine, including tanks, anti-aircraft systems and ammunition.

Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that with the latest arms package, Berlin wanted to show “that Germany is seriously supporting” Ukraine.

“Germany will provide all possible assistance for as long as it is needed,” he said.

— Officials in the Ternopil region, about 350 kilometers west of Kyiv, reported on Saturday evening that an industrial area had been struck. The victims and other details are not immediately reported.

— Russian shelling Saturday killed two civilians, including a 15-year-old girl, and injured 10 more in Konstantinovka, a town less than 30km west of Bakhmut, the regional prosecutor’s office said.

— Russian forces on Friday and overnight resumed shelling the northeastern part of the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, resulting in the death of a civilian, local governor Oleg Sinegubov said. During the same period, four civilians were killed in the Donetsk region in the east, Governor Pavel Kirilenko said.

— “Large-scale” Russian artillery shelling at night damaged a power facility in the western part of the Khmelnitsky region of Ukraine, but did not affect the supply of electricity, according to the Ukrainian Energy Ministry,

Frank Jordans in Berlin, Joanna Kozlowska in London, and Nicole Winfield and Gianfranco Stara in Rome contributed to this report.

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