Joe Biden confirmed the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which has now entered into force.

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source: bbc.com

In a televised message, the president celebrated the cessation of hostilities and stressed that his US administration had promoted efforts to achieve that goal in recent days.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, spoke on Thursday night on the ceasefire agreed between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and confirmed that it would take effect at 2 a.m. (11 p.m. GMT local time).

In a televised message, the president stressed that his administration was fully involved in the negotiations and, in recent days, promoted, together with Egypt and Qatar, efforts to achieve a cessation of hostilities.

"I want to extend my gratitude to Abdelfatah El-Sisi (the Egyptian president) and to all Egyptian officials who played a momentous role" in the negotiations, Biden said. We had hours of intense meetings to avoid a long dispute," he added.

Biden had numerous phone calls with the main actors in the conflict. In recent days, he told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expected to see a "significant de-escalation" that would lead to a ceasefire. The two spoke one more time before Biden made the public remarks.

His ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the administration had held more than 60 high-level meetings in the past two weeks. The president participated in at least five of them.

"I don't think there is any country that works more or more fervently to achieve peace," he said a few hours before the announcement was made.

For his part, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that he is "prepared to travel to Israel at any time if that will help overcome the violence and help work to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians."

In another passage in the statement, the president said that the United States "is committed to working with the United Nations and other international actors to provide humanitarian assistance to Gaza and efforts to rebuild" the enclave after the conflict. "We will arrange this with the Palestinian Authority, not with Hamas," he said.

And he concluded: "Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve to live in safety; my administration will continue with constant and low-profile diplomacy to reach this end ."

Both Israel and Hamas confirmed overnight Thursday that they will end the conflict that has lasted for 11 days and represented the most significant escalation since 2014.

The local Times of Israel media reported that all members of the Israeli Security Cabinet voted in favor of the decision, particularly after being informed that the country's Defense Forces (IDF) "exhausted" all possible military targets in Gaza.

An official said during the meeting that Hamas had recovered and was "severely shocked. The official statement speaks of unprecedented success in the campaign.

As of 7 p.m., the total number of missiles fired by terrorist groups was about 4,340 rockets, of which 640 were defective and went into Palestinian siege, according to the IDF.

However, the number is already high as sirens start ringing again in southern cities such as Ashdod and Ashkelon. And they worked in the same area a few minutes after the ceasefire was announced and in the pre-war period. At least 12 people have been killed in attacks by terrorist groups in Israel.

Meanwhile, the IDF has achieved several strategic goals of the terrorist group and killed several of its leaders. The last notable bombings were new Hamas tunnels, injuring several.

The IDF indicated that early Thursday morning, they attacked "dozens" of points in the group's tunnel network, known as the "metro," as well as "other terrorist hideouts.

The targeted targets include Ali Abu Zarqa, a commander in the Khan Younis Battalion, as well as a military infrastructure at weapons manufacturing sites and submarine launch points. He continued the operation through the window between the declaration and the ceasefire.

Gaza Strip authorities said at least 232 people have died in the enclave since the fighting began.