Fragile Truce


A tense quiet reigned on Israel's Gaza border on Friday, as a de facto truce took hold between Israel and Hamas.

The lull in fighting came after over 200 rockets were fired on southern Israel in the previous 24 hours, followed by Israeli defensive air strikes.

According to the Times of Israel, some security restrictions were lifted in the Gaza border area, though farmers were advised not to work in their fields and summer camps were held in protective areas.

On Thursday night, Hamas' security headquarters in Gaza was completely leveled in an IDF strike. The army said "quiet will be met with quiet," but it is prepared to act forefully against any further rocket fire.

Hamas said the truce was negotiated with the help of Egypt, though Israel denied that any formal agreement had been reached.

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