Israel and the Islamist Palestinian faction Hamas have called a temporary truce after five days of violence across the border with the Gaza Strip.
Israel blamed the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza for launching attacks into the south of the country.
In Gaza City a masked spokesman for the PRC told reporters: ‘We will temporarily stop firing rockets in order to meet the interests of our people.’
Dozens of people from both sides, many of them civilians, have been killed in the clashes over recent days.
Nabil Zaqut, who lives in Gaza, said: “Of course I support the truce, because war has a negative impact on us.”
Residents from Beersheba in southern Israel, which was heavily targeted in the attacks, were grateful for the ceasefire, but pessimistic.
Moshe Biton said that there had to be some kind of agreement, but he believed the Hamas fighters would restart the rocket attacks in a week or two.
Shimon Biton added: “After taking all these casualties we did not hit back hard enough to keep them quiet.”
There was also a diplomatic row with Cairo after five Egyptian border guards were killed as Israeli forces pursued gunmen. Israeli leaders have expressed regret, and reiterated the country’s vital relationship with Egypt.