Hamas announces deal with Israel, end of attacks – for now

September 1, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The Hamas terrorists announced Monday that it has reached understandings with Israel on a number of issues and will cease its attacks on the Jewish state, for the time being.

Hamas militants in an anti-Israel show in southern Gaza Strip. Gaza, Nov 11, 2019. Photo by Majdi Fathi/TPS

Through the brokerage of Qatari ambassador Muhammad Amadi, “an understanding was reached to prevent an escalation and stabilize the situation. Several projects will be announced that will serve our people in the Gaza Strip and alleviate the situation in the context of the Corona crisis that befell us,” Hamas stated.

The terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, has announced it will cease the arson balloon attacks on Israel’s south, which have increased in recent weeks.

Israel announced it will reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Strip and allow the entry of goods and fuels, and will reenable fishing off Gaza’s coast to 15 nautical miles. Israel banned these activities after Hamas renewed its attacks on Israel a few weeks ago.

“The restoration of civilian policy towards the Gaza Strip is conditional on the continued preservation of peace and security stability. The decision will be tested in the test of reality – if Hamas, which is responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip, does not live up to its declarations, Israel will act accordingly,” the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) warned.

Israeli firefighting teams and IDF soldiers on Monday extinguished 15 fires which were ignited by arson balloons launched by Gazan terrorists into Israeli territory.

Police sappers were also alerted to several scenes to dismantle suspected explosive charges tied to balloons.

In recent weeks, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have been launching balloons tied to flammable materials and explosive charges into communities in the vicinity of the Strip.

The arson attacks have ignited fires, but no one was injured in the attacks and no damage to property was caused.

However, the KKL-JNF stated that hundreds of fires have consumed thousands of acres, and much damage was caused to trees and animals in the affected areas.

Environmental experts ‎say it ‎‎‎‎will take at least 15 years to rehabilitate ‎the ‎‎‎‎vegetation and wildlife that have been destroyed.‎

This was the fourth time in recent years that Hamas launched an arson campaign against Israel’s south.

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