Arab media reports that Egypt has ordered local Gaza terrorist groups to end their hostilities with Israel.
The report by the Quds Net news agency quoted Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Nafeth Azzam, who said Wednesday Egyptian officials ordered the groups to commit themselves to a ceasefire so as to avoid a regional war.
Simultaneously, Egyptian officials allegedly contacted Israel to express strong opposition to IDF operations in Gaza, he said.
The news agency quoted Azzam as saying Egypt would hold “Netanyahu personally responsible for any further escalation” in the security situation in Gaza.
When contacted by Arutz Sheva, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev declined to comment on the report.
Gaza terrorists have been attacking southern Israel for months, with increasing frequency and intensity. After two days and a night in which Gaza terrorists launched a barrage of rocket and mortar attacks at southern Israel, striking numerous towns, including Sderot and Netivot, IDF warplanes struck back late Tuesday night.
Fighter pilots destroyed a terrorist tunnel in northern Gaza, confirming a direct hit before returning to base. Nevertheless, by 7:00 a.m. terrorists were back at the rocket launchers, firing missiles at southern Israel again. At least one rocket reached the Eshkol Regional Council district and exploded at a time that children were on their way to school.
The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren was their only warning of the impending attack, sending residents racing for the nearest shelter. No one was physically injured, although those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety-related conditions had symptoms triggered by the attack.