Islamic Jihad confirms ceasefire deal with Israel; truce expected to begin at 11:30 p.m.

Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza say they have agreed to a Cairo-brokered ceasefire to end three days of intense conflict with Israel.

“A short while ago, the wording of the Egyptian truce agreement was reached, which contains Egypt’s commitment to work towards the release of two prisoners, (Bassem) al-Saadi and (Khalil) Awawdeh,” senior Islamic Jihad member Mohammad al-Hindi says in a statement.

Saadi, Islamic Jihad’s leader in the West Bank, was recently arrested in Jenin, while Awawdeh is also in Israeli custody.

The ceasefire is expected to begin at 11:30 p.m. There is no Israeli confirmation of the deal.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Hamas-run enclave report at least 41 Palestinians have been killed since the start of fighting last week.

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