The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip told Al Jazeera that the terror group has made a humanitarian deal with Egypt and is not interested in having the current situation escalate into a war with Israel. However, he said the protests near the border will continue.

Yahya Sinwar

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Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, said Wednesday the terrorist organization is “not interested in a military conflict” with Israel.

“Hamas prefers to hold non-violent protests near the fence than to fire missiles,” Sinwar said in an Al Jazeera interview, adding that Hamas has reached an agreement with Egypt to allow for more humanitarian aid to come into the strip.

Sinwar voiced his objection to the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and criticized those in the Arab World calling to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. “I call upon Fatah to carry out more protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem and defeat all the plots against the Palestinian people,” he said.

After two extremely violent days along the border, Wednesday has been relatively quiet apart from a few shooting incidents, to which the IDF responded with fire. The army has decided to slightly decrease the number of troops guarding Israeli towns bordering Gaza, as security assessments indicated that violence flare-ups are now less likely to occur.