A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad went into effect earlier this week following the bloodiest upsurge in violence since the war in the Gaza Strip commenced last year.

A “fragile” Egypt mediated a ceasefire truce with the assistance of the United Nations and Qatar, ending the three-day deadly bombings that killed at least 44 Palestinians, including 15 children, and wounded hundreds more.

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs soon after hailed the truce, with its foreign ministry spokesperson, Majed al-Ansari, telling reporters that Doha engaged in phone calls with all relevant parties from Friday to negotiate and ask to stop the “waste of blood.”

“This agreement should not be broken in any way to ensure an appropriate amount of time where parties can work at the diplomatic level to avoid an escalation,” al-Ansari said.

“I believe that what we are see[ing] now … is the result of active diplomacy – not just on the part of Qatar, but at the regional and international level – aimed at stopping this aggression as soon as possible.”

The spokesman also commended Egypt for playing a significant role in the negotiations amid the shell shock.