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Islamic Jihad agrees to truce in return for prisoners held in Israel

An agreement sponsored by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations includes a cease-fire by Islamic Jihad in exchange for Israel releasing two prominent Islamic Jihad leaders in the West Bank as soon as possible.
Palestinian women watch the funeral procession of members of the al-Nabahin family at al-Bureij refugee camp, after they were killed during the latest three-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants before a cease-fire, central Gaza strip, Aug. 8, 2022

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip announced on the night of Aug. 7 that it had reached a truce agreement with Israel under the auspices of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations, ending a bloody round of fighting with Israel, the most severe one since the May 2021 war led by Hamas against Israel.

Islamic Jihad leader Daoud Shehab told Al-Monitor, “The truce agreement entered into force at 11:30 p.m. [local time on Aug. 7] with Egyptian mediation.”

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