Hamas urges armed factions in Gaza to halt rocket attacks

Hamas is holding talks with other armed factions in the Gaza Strip, urging them to refrain from causing an escalation of violence in the region by firing rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, Reuters quoted an official of the organization as saying on Sunday.
"We began contacts with factions over the situation in the field. Hamas seeks to control the situation on the ground and urge factions to recommit to the national agreement," Hamas official Ayman Taha said.
Taha referred to the agreement Hamas made with armed factions two years ago to halt the firing of rockets and mortar shells into Israel.