For 11 days casualties mounted as Israel and Hamas were locked in an exchange of airstrikes and rocket fire. However, finally, peace has fallen upon Gaza as the two parties have agreed to a ceasefire.
These attacks killed more than 230 people including more than 60 children. Palestinians were affected the most by these attacks as they did not only lose their homes but many loved ones as well.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group confirmed that there was a mutual and simultaneous truce with Israel which began in the early hours of Friday morning.
Moments after the Israeli cabinet decided it would implement a unilateral ceasefire, the news spread throughout the world.
The decision came after an increased diplomatic pressure including a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in which a large number of countries called for an immediate de-escalation.
Even though it is good news that there is a ceasefire, Palestinians still have to pick up the pieces of their lives and rebuild their homes, as thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed in Gaza.
Joe Biden, the US President, plead with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a de-escalation amid mediation efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the UN and in the absence of consensus in the Security Council where France introduced a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire over US objections to the multilateral effort.