- Israel Denies Hamas Claims of Ceasefire Amid Largest Spike in Tensions in Years
by https://sputniknews.com/, 30 May 2018
This latest exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas has been the largest since 2014. Previously, Hamas’s deputy chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya stated that “a number of mediators intervened in the past hours and an agreement was reached to return to a ceasefire in Gaza.”
The reports about the termination of the fire exchange have also started to appear in the Arabian media, such as Al Jazeera. However, the information contradicts the statement by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, who denied ceasefire claims by Hamas.
“Israel does not want the situation to deteriorate, but those who started the violence must stop it,” he said.
According to the IDF Home Front Command, in last 22 hours, sirens were triggered at least 166 times in southern Israel.
“If the launches are renewed, the attacks against Hamas will be intensified,” the official said, as quoted by the Times of Israel.