The exchange in the West Bank and Gaza Strip came to an end, with the total launches exchanged numbering several thousand.
On the afternoon of May 20th, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released footage of four new strikes which targeted a Hamas Shehab drone launcher, two rocket launchers and a post in the Gaza Strip.
The strikes were all carried out with Spike Non-Line-Of-Sight missiles.
The Israeli Air Force also targeted an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) unit of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, an ATGM was used to strike an Israeli military bus.
A single IDF soldier received light injuries.
Rocket launches continued into Israeli territory from Gaza.
Israeli attacks have killed 227 people, including 64 children, in the besieged coastal enclave since May 10, according to the health ministry in Gaza.
Rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups have killed 12 people in Israel, including two children.
These reports of strikes and new casualties came amid claims that the Israeli security cabinet approved a unilateral ceasefire since May 21 at 2 a.m. local time.
Hamas agreed to a truce under Cairo’s mediation.
Two Egyptian security delegations will be sent to monitor the ceasefire deal.
The delegations will be sent to Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories to “monitor the ceasefire’s implementation and procedures to permanently maintain stable conditions.”
The IDF continued reporting on rocket launches into Israeli territory around the alleged deadline.
By dawn all launches from either side had ceased.
The IDF warned Hamas that if it conducted a large attack, the IDF would retaliate with a massive airstrike on dozens of targets.
Hamas claimed victory and thousands of people took to the streets of Gaza in the early hours, before dawn, to celebrate the ceasefire.
Ali Barakeh, an official with Islamic Jihad said Israel’s declaration of a truce was a defeat for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “a victory to the Palestinian people.”
United States President Joe Biden said that the US welcomed a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and emphasized that the US will continue to militarily support Israel.
Which was expected.
The ceasefire ended the fire exchange between the sides, but still protests in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are likely to continue as both the Jewish and Arab citizens are dissatisfied with the situation, and their discontent and anger have not subsided.