Israeli MK: 'Hamas Wants Quiet in Gaza, We Want The Same'

The decision to create an improved naval barrier was coordinated with the Israel Border Guard Police in cooperation with the Gaza Division of the IDF Southern Command, in response to lessons learned from the 2014 counter terror war with Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.

On Sunday evening as well, three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli occupation forces east of al-Bureij in central Gaza Strip.

It also attacked "a terrorist squad that was launching arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel", the army said in an English-language statement.

In the wake of Hamas's approval, the TV news station said that a "very senior" Israeli official travelled to Qatar for talks on how to implement the long-term ceasefire deal.

More than two million Palestinians are packed into the Gaza Strip, which suffers deep economic hardship.

Hamas leaders have been meeting for several days in Gaza to discuss the Egyptian-brokered agreement.

In parallel to United Nations mediation, Egypt has used its contacts with both Israel and the dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to discuss ways of calming a more than three-month-old surge in confrontations along the Gaza-Israel border.

The deadly clashes have seen Israeli security forces facing gunfire, grenades, Molotov cocktails and efforts - sometimes successful - to damage or penetrate the border fence.

Israeli officials have repeatedly cautioned there will be no deal unless Hamas returns the bodies of two soldiers thought to be in Hamas hands since the soldiers were killed during Operation Protective Edge four years ago.

Still, in what Palestinians saw a goodwill gesture, Egyptian cooking oil began entering Gaza on Sunday, offsetting Israeli supplies cut off in retaliation for the border violence.

Fire officials in Israel said incendiary balloons and kites set off almost 50 fires in Israel this weekend alone. At least 50 of those killed have been identified by Hamas as members of the militant group.

On Friday, firefighters had worked to extinguish 16 blazes caused by incendiary balloons across Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services said.

  • Rogelio Becker