Israel to start sending more troops to Gaza, as Hamas announces truce


Israel is to begin sending troops to the Gaza Strip, the Islamist group said on Friday, as the Gaza conflict continues to rage.

Hamas, a rival Palestinian group, on Thursday announced a truce to end the fighting in the Gaza strip.

The Islamic militant group said it had agreed to a “political” truce to allow for the transfer of weapons to the group.

The announcement came a day after the Hamas-run government announced a “truce” to allow the movement to reopen for the first time since a devastating Israeli air and ground offensive in the coastal enclave.

The United Nations Security Council was set to meet on Friday to discuss the cease-fire, but Israel has not yet commented.

Israel has been in a state of emergency since the start of the conflict, when the military killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

Hazem Shaaban, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said on Twitter that Israel’s military operation in the enclave was “a continuation of its aggression” and that it would “reinforce its determination to continue its occupation”.

The Palestinian official also urged the international community to stop supporting Israel and said Israel’s move would make “all efforts for a lasting solution” impossible.

The Israeli military said it fired more than 20 rockets into Israel on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear what, if any, damage was caused.