The latest wave of Gaza-Israel fighting- which included intense Palestinian mortar and rocket fire, IDF assaults that killed 19 Hamas fighters, a strike on an Israeli bus and two people dead during the weekend- seems to have come to an end, according to defense officials. The IDF didn’t respond to the 10 mortars and a rocket fired towards Israel on Sunday after a Hamas leader made a rare appeal to Israel during a Radio interview, calling for an end to the fighting. The message was reinforced by several indirect statements Hamas has been issuing since Saturday to elucidate it wants a ceasefire. According to Israeli sources, the military wing of Hamas isn’t interested in an intensification of cross-border fighting because of the deaths of its top officials during recent clashes with Israel.
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