Hamas and Islamic Jihad have ordered their members to end the riots, and the use of explosive devices along the border fence that separates Israel from Gaza, according to the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds.
The new orders seem to be fall in line with the long term cease-fire talks being held with Israel through Egyptian mediation.
Hamas terrorist leader Ismail Haniyeh said that efforts to reach an agreement with Israel following the escalation of violence last week in the Gaza area, are progressing and that the exchange of prisoners is still the table.
“The understandings for a ceasefire and the lifting of the blockade of the Strip are progressing,” Haniyeh said during an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al Istiqlal. “Yesterday we received the timetable for the implementation of many of the important issues that are part of the agreement.”
Although a prisoner swap is not currently agreed to “There is no reason why we can not discuss an exchange of prisoners through external mediators,” said the Hamas Terrorist leader.
Hamas is demanding the release of dozens of terrorists who had been freed during the previous exchange for Private Gilad Shalit in 2011, and were ultimately detained again. Israel is demanding the release of two Israeli civilians, who suffer from mental disorders who were arrested when they voluntarily entered the Strip, and the remains of two soldiers believed to be in the hands of Hamas.
The Israeli citizens are Avera Mengistu and Hisham al Sayed, entered Gaza in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The bodies of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul have been held by Hamas from when they were killed in the 2014 Gaza
For years the families of the captives in Gaza and the soldiers have accused the government of not doing enough to bring their loved ones home.