Israel-Hamas ceasefire closely watched

The international community is keeping close watch on a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas that has been in place for three days.

Egypt mediated the ceasefire with support from the United States to end 11 days of fierce fighting.

But concern remains over a possible resurgence of tension. Israeli security forces and Palestinians clashed in Jerusalem on Friday, the day the ceasefire took effect.

An official Palestinian media outlet reported that an Egyptian delegation held talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to discuss ways of firming up the truce.

The US will soon send Secretary of State Antony Blinken to hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

The United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Lynn Hastings, visited the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, which was heavily hit by Israeli airstrikes. She is also a humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territory.

She assessed the damage and said there are many needs, including shelter and health care. She added that the UN and other relief agencies, such as non-governmental organizations, would pool and prioritize resources for the reconstruction of Gaza.