Israel: 24-Hour Calm to Open Borders

Ad Feedback - GAZA STRIP - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will reopen border crossings to the Gaza Strip Monday if Hamas makes good on halting rocket and mortar shell attacks on southern Israel, according to the Ramallah-based Ma'an news agency.

If Hamas can enforce a 24-hour period free of shelling, Barak will allow the border crossings to open, the Palestinian news agency reported.

Quoting Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha, Ma'an reported that Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups reached a consensus following Egyptian-mediated efforts.

"We met with factions in the Gaza Strip and told them about the request. They agreed in order to ease the influence of the siege," Taha said.

Meanwhile, Palestinians fired two Kassams on western Negev communities Sunday evening, but Israel still planned to allow a partial opening of the border crossings on Monday, Israel Radio reported.

No personal injuries or property damage were reported following Sunday night's attacks.

Source: Haaretz

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