Hamas announces calming of tensions along border

Hamas says it reached understandings with Israel on calming the tensions along the Gaza border.

Elad Benari ,

IDF forces near Gaza
IDF forces near Gaza
Hadas Parush/Flash 90

Hamas announced on Wednesday night that it had reached understandings with Israel on calming the tensions along the Gaza border and stopping the fire towards southern Israel.

One of the leaders of the organization said that in return, Israel had undertaken upon itself not to conduct operations inside Gaza.

Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk, commenting on Facebook on the understandings, said they had been reached with Egyptian mediation.

“What happened on the Gaza border was a Zionist attempt to apply a new reality on the border. This required Hamas to rise up in order to prevent the tools of the IDF from operating,” he wrote, in a post translated by the Hebrew-language news website Walla!

“We spoke with our brothers in Egypt, who are monitoring the latest ceasefire agreement, and they responded quickly,” added Abu Marzouk.

Tensions have risen along the Gaza border over the last two days, as terrorist forces on the Gazan side fired a total of six mortar shells into Israel, with five attacks on Wednesday alone.

Before Hamas announced the calming of tensions, Israel launched air raids on Gaza, with strikes hitting around Gaza's derelict international airport near the city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas.

Security sources in Gaza said the jets fired two missiles at the airport but said no one was hurt in the strikes.




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