Israel reached a deal with Hamas to bring a halt to the surge of explosive and incendiary balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, the terrorist organization that rules the coastal enclave declared on Monday.
According to a Hamas statement reported by Ynet, the purpose of the “understandings,” reportedly reached through the mediation of Qatari envoy Muhammad Al-Emadi, was “to return calm to the region and prevent an escalation in violence.”’
The statement further elaborated: “As part of our efforts, several projects—which will serve our people—will be announced soon and help [alleviate] the burden caused by the coronavirus pandemic gripping the Gaza Strip.”
The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the [Palestinian] Territories (COGAT) also released a statement on Monday evening, saying that the Jewish State had insisted on a stop to the balloon attacks in exchange for an easing of restrictions on Gaza. According to the COGAT statement, if the attacks end, Israel will reopen the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing to Gaza, and reopen the fishing zone along the coast of the Strip.
COGAT warned, however, that “if Hamas, which bears responsibility for that which takes place in the Strip, does not abide by its pledges, Israel will act accordingly” and reimpose tough restrictions.
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