The IDF announced the removal of the restrictions on defense in the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, the Negev and Lachish. Accordingly, studies in educational institutions in the cities and regional councils will be held in order.
The Israel Railways said that according to the security forces' instructions, rail traffic in the Ashkelon-Be'er Sheva area will be renewed in the morning. The Negev railway, the western line southwards, will return to regular activity, including the Ofakim, Netivot and Sderot stations.
Eshkol Regional Council head Gadi Yarkoni said that "two difficult days have passed, two days that are a continuation of life under terror and a pendulum between emergency and routine for eight months in a row." Yarkoni added: "We expect that the right decisions will be made to restore peace and security to our region for the long term. That we can continue to develop, absorb families, engage in education, agriculture and tourism. We can not agree to the continuation of the sad reality of life in the shadow of the terror of fires, balloons and missiles. "
Palestinian factions announced earlier Tuesday that a ceasefire had been reached with Israel. The factions said that the truce was achieved thanks to the Egyptian efforts, and the Palestinians would stick to it - as long as the "Zionist enemy" clung to it. In response to the announcement, a diplomatic source said that "Israel reserved its freedom of action, and Hamas requests for a cease-fire came from four different mediators, and Israel responded that the measures on the ground would be determined."
Israel responded to the cease-fire proposal after a six-hour cabinet meeting, with the participation of the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet and the head of the Mossad, who reviewed the attacks and the extensive operations in Gaza in recent days and the mediation proposals they received from Egypt, the United Nations, Norway and Switzerland. According to diplomatic sources, the sweeping position of the heads of the defense establishment was that the Egyptian proposal should be accepted and that a return to a calm with Hamas should be accepted, with the IDF maintaining freedom of action and the right to react if terror and violence from the Gaza Strip were renewed.
A diplomatic source involved in the ceasefire talks said that "the understandings reached are about a return to the cease-fire arrangements of 2014. The situation is still very dangerous and could explode again, what we saw in the last 48 hours was very dangerous and should not spare efforts to prevent similar flares in the future." The source noted positively that even during the escalation, fuel deliveries continued to flow into the Gaza Strip uninterrupted under UN supervision.
The escalation in the south began on Monday afternoon, after Lieutenant Colonel M. was killed in operational activity deep inside the Gaza Strip, and more than 460 rockets were fired at the Gaza perimeter, Ashkelon, Netivot and Be'er Sheva, of which about 100 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The IDF attacked 160 terrorist targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
At the beginning of the barrage of rockets, a bus was set on fire after an anti-tank missile hit the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council and a 19-year-old soldier who was seriously wounded by a multi-system attack, and 36 people were lightly injured by shrapnel or were identified as anxious, In a factory in the industrial zone of Sderot.
A 40-year-old man was killed and two women were seriously injured Tuesday night when a rocket hit a residential building in Ashkelon. The victim, a palestinian of the territories who was in Israel illegally, was located on the fourth floor of the building, where the 40-year-old woman was also searched by police officers. During the evening six rockets hit Ashqelon. Two rockets landed in Netivot and eight inside Sderot, two of which hit homes directly. Four more rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council within settlements.
In Sderot A man was injured by a rocket in a factory in the city's industrial zone. Another rocket that hit the city center caused a fire, which was taken over by firefighters.
Dozens of people opened a spontaneous protest Tuesday at the entrance to the city of Sderot in light of the security situation. The protesters closed Highway 34 and burned tires, shouting slogans against the government.
The protestors, who claim they feel abandoned because of the cessation of IDF operations against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, called on the megaphones: "We are tired of keeping quiet, we call on everyone to come and protest against the disgrace." the security situation.