Israeli Official: Calm in Gaza Part of Short-Term Truce

Palestinian security forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority stand at the Rafah border c

The Times of Israel reports: A senior Israeli official indicated that the quiet along the Gaza border maintained for several days was reached as part of a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, brokered by Egypt and the UN, but said a long-term truce could not be inked until captive Israelis and soldiers’ remains were returned from the enclave.

Israeli and Hamas officials have been engaged in intensive efforts via Egypt and the UN in recent weeks to reach a long-term deal to return calm to the restive border region in exchange for easing restrictions on the Strip.

The efforts came amid weeks of violence along the border, including arson attacks, rocket fire at southern Israel and retaliatory air strikes on Hamas targets.

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