Palestinians hold their country's national flag as they attend an anti-Israeli rally south of Gaza City, October 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – A ceasefire has begun in the Gaza Strip after a tumultuous 48 hours of nonstop hostilities between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

As a result of these hostilities, at least 14 Palestinians and 2 Israelis were killed.

The hostilities began on Sunday evening when the Israeli Special Forces carried out a botched operation to target a Hamas commander in the town of Khan Younis.

An intense exchange would breakout shortly after the botched Israeli attack; this resulted in eight Palestinians killed on the first night.

The new ceasefire was reportedly brokered by Egypt and the United Nations earlier today.

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