Netanyahu: Israel is considering a new ground invasion of Gaza
Cairo’s efforts to bring latest round of escalation to its ends reportedly successful as Hamas, Islamic Jihad agree to hold fire. ‘Next few days critical,’ says Palestinian source
Egyptian Intelligence officials have successfully brokered an end to the current round of escalation in the south, Ynet learned Sunday. No Israeli source has corroborated the report.
Israel and the Gaza-based terror groups have been exchanging fire since Saturday night following a border attack near Karni crossing, which left four soldiers seriously wounded.
Over 100 Qassam rockets, mortar shells and Grads were fired at Israel in the span of 24 hours, causing property damage but luckily not fatalities. The IAF struck several terror hubs in the Strip.Running for cover in Ashkelon (Photo: AFP)
According to senior Egyptian sources, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to hold their fire if Israel suspends its airstrike on Gaza.
Cairo-based sources said that Israel reportedly agreed not to retaliate over sporadic rocket fire from Gaza, as long as it was sans casualties; adding that the UN’s special envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry was also part of the efforts to broker a ceasefire.