WOODBURY - A cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt has been struck between Israel and Hamas.
The deal puts an end to a 7-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians. The cease-fire includes an agreement by Israelis to ease its blockade of Gaza and allow relief supplies and construction materials into the area.
Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift their blockades throughout the conflict, saying they prevent economic growth in the region. Israel, meanwhile, has demanded that the militant group disarm.
The truce also calls for new meetings next month between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Up for discussion will be the possibility of an airport and seaport in Gaza.
Rep. Peter King, who is currently in Israel, told News 12 Long Island by phone Tuesday that he was touring a damaged home in the town of Ashkelon when he heard warning sirens go off. He was able to see Israel's famous Iron Dome defense system intercept a rocket fired by Hamas in Gaza.
King says the rocket never hit the ground, but people went running for their lives. The congressman has been outspoken in his support of Israel since the fighting began.