Israelis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, both targeted by Gaza rockets in the past week, welcomed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which was announced on Wednesday.

Egypt announced that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.

“I think it’s an unfortunate situation that has come … I hope it’s achieved,” said Michelle, a resident in Jerusalem.

Another Jerusalem resident, Tanya, said she didn’t know what to expect but voiced hope that the ceasefire would last.

In Tel Aviv, residents voiced optimism.

“I would like to believe that not fighting will always do more good than fighting,” said Benjamin, sitting in a local cafe.

“It’s the right move, you know, to always cease violence and ceasefire but I would like to learn more about the specifics but in principle I’m for a ceasefire,” said another Tel Aviv resident, Ze’ev Berman.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the ceasefire announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone for regional stability and peace,” she said.

The ceasefire came into effect at 1900GMT.