After two days of fighting, the Islamic Jihad militant group announced early Thursday that it reached a ceasefire deal with Israel. The deal was brokered by Egypt and went into effect at 5:30 a.m., Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said. The fighting began Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike targeted the Gaza home of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, killing him and his wife. Israel accused Abu al-Ata of being behind several rocket attacks. In the wake of his death, Islamic Jihad fired dozens of rockets into Israel, and in turn, Israel conducted more airstrikes in Gaza. At least 34 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting.
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