Gaza: Israel and Hamas announce ceasefire after almost two weeks of fighting

Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after 11 days of fighting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced the ceasefire and said it was "mutual and unconditional".

The truce will begin at 2am local time on Friday (midnight UK time), according to Hamas, but Israel said the time was yet to be confirmed.

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The call for ceasefire comes a day after US President Joe Biden told Netanyahu that he expects a "significant de-escalation" in the Gaza conflict.

It has been reported that at least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed in the 11 days of violence, while 12 in Israel have died.

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