Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets Tuesday to celebrate the announcement that Hamas and Israel have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people.
“We have won,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri exulted at a news conference in front of Shifa Hospital. He said the militant group’s armed wing had accomplished “what no Arab army has done. We have defeated them.”
His exuberance aside, officials from Hamas and another militant group, Islamic Jihad, said the cease-fire agreement essentially brings Israel and Palestinians back to terms agreed upon in the truce signed after the 2012 Gaza war.