Hamas offers to restore cease-fire with Israel

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The truce, declared in February 2005, greatly reduced Palestinian-Israeli violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives in the four years before. But Hamas called it off after a June 9 explosion on a Gaza beach that killed eight Palestinian civilians. Israel was shelling Gaza around that time, but insisted it was not responsible for the explosion. Hamas sent its own rocket squads to fire at Israel alongside Islamic Jihad and other militants. Dozens of rockets pelted Israel, many exploding in the town of Sderot, just outside the Gaza fence, badly wounding one Israeli. The barrages have tapered off somewhat in the last day, an indication that Hamas was sidelining its militants. Islamic Jihad fired five rockets Thursday. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Hamas-led Palestinian government offered Thursday to restore a cease-fire with Israel, nearly a week after calling off the truce to protest a deadly explosion on a Gaza beach. Israel responded favorably, signaling that both sides are prepared to step back from fighting that threatened to escalate into a broader conflict. However, violence flared again late Thursday when three Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza-Israel border. The military said the three were from the small militant group Islamic Jihad and added they were trying to plant bombs. Palestinian hospital officials said only two bodies were recovered. A Hamas official said the group was in touch with other Gaza militants to try to halt daily rocket barrages against Israel, which set off punishing Israeli air and artillery retaliation. last_img read more

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