Israel agrees to temporary truce in Gaza during Egyptian PM’s visit — Hamas violates it almost immediately

16 Nov

National Post | News

Rockets fired from Gaza hit several sites in southern Israel on Friday shortly after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli air force responded with an attack on the house of Hamas’s commander for southern Gaza, a Hamas source said.

Israel had announced it would suspend military operations in Gaza during Kandil’s three-hour visit so long as Hamas also halted all fire.

“Hamas does not respect the Egyptian prime minister’s visit to Gaza and violates the temporary ceasefire that Israel agreed to during the visit,” Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote on Twitter.

Israel had agreed to suspend military action in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a short visit to the Palestinian territory by Egypt’s prime minister.

In an unprecedented display of solidarity with Hamas militants embroiled in a conflict that risks spiralling into all-out war, Egyptian Prime Minister…

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