Hamas rejected Israel’s conditions for cease-fire

The Hamas terror organization on Wednesday rejected Israel’s conditions for cease-fire in the south, as they were brought to it via the Egyptian delegation.

Earlier, following Cairo’s efforts behind the scenes for a cease-fire between the sides, a tense meeting took place between the Egyptian security delegation and the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar. At the end of the meeting, Sinwar rejected Israel’s conditions according to which Hamas would declare a halt to the night’s events in the fence, stop making balloons of any kind and stop the return marches to the fence on Fridays.

A source in Hamas said that for them the “quiet for quiet” equation would mean stopping the IDF bombing in exchange for a halt to rocket fire alone.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is preparing to mark the Land Day, which will take place this coming Saturday. A general strike was declared throughout the Gaza Strip and the Hamas terrorist organization announced that there would be no studies – with the aim of bringing thousands of children and youths into violent confrontations. More than 100,000 demonstrators are expected to attend the rally.

On the other hand, the IDF is preparing for violent confrontations, which could deteriorate into even more extreme scenarios, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi ordered the an additional infantry brigade and an artillery battalion along with reservist to the southern sector.

Via 20News translated from Hebrew 03/27/2019

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