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Blinken: US welcomes ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed on Monday yesterday's decision by Israel and Palestine to halt rocket firing in the Gaza Strip and return to the ceasefire.

"The US is deeply grateful for the unstinting efforts by Egypt in helping to mediate this agreement. We also commend the important roles played by Qatar, UN Special Envoy Wennesland, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority over recent days," Blinken noted in a release published by the State Department.

On Sunday, the Israeli government and the Islamic Jihad militants agreed to a ceasefire deal under the mediation of Egypt following a two-day exchange of missiles prompted by Israel's military operation to kill one of the group's senior commanders.

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