Masked Hamas terrorists 311 (R).
(photo credit: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
An official from Hamas said that the Islamist group would agree to a ceasefire, effective from Sunday evening, if Israel agrees to halt air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 news reported.
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According to the report, the deal was brokered by Egyptians in an attempt to return calm to the region, which has seen a spasm of violence in the past number of days after a multistage attack was carried out by terrorists along the Israeli-Egyptian border Thursday.
Israel has not commented on the alleged ceasefire offer from Hamas, and
it was not immediately clear if the agreement would go into effect
Sunday night as proposed.
Only a number of hours earlier, the IAF launched
air strikes on Hamas
military installations in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza
Strip. The strikes were in retaliation for the continuing rocket fire
from Gaza into population centers in southern Israel, including Beersheba
Nine Israelis and at least 30 Palestinians have been killed in the spike
of violence that began with the multistage attack last Thursday.