A tense calm is taking hold in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip after a series of back and forth clashes. The upscale of violence was caused a rocket launched from that Gaza struck a house in the Mishmeret community in central Israel earlier this week. The attack injuries seven people, including two children, and completely destroyed the building.
All municipalities and regional councils announced that educational institutions opened following the military spokesman’s announcement to remove all restrictions, under the backdrop of an ‘informal ceasefire’. Although denied by Israel, reports are that the cease fire mediated by Egyptian officials.
It follows several days of escalation that threatened to escalate into an all-out war between the Jewish state and the Palestinian terrorist organization that control the Gaza Strip enclave.
The Saudi daily Asharq al Awsat, published in London, reported that a Hamas source revealed that through intensive and complex communications an agreement of “calm in exchange for calm” was reached, but that further talks collapsed when Israel insisted to Hamas that it must stop all kinds of violent protests and actions.
According to the report, Hamas made it a condition for accepting that demand requires the lifting of the Israel blockade on the Strip. The Israeli blockade has been imposed to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring weapons with the potential to increase their destructive power.
A source close to Hamas said an Egyptian delegation will visit Gaza if all parties remain calm.