Israel and Hamas are reportedly on the verge of reaching a ceasefire agreement following a lull in fighting after a major flareup last week that saw the sides on the cusp of a full-scale military confrontation.
An Israeli official told the Los Angeles Times that a deal with the terror group that rules the Strip is virtually done.
There was no official Israeli confirmation of progress toward a deal, but senior defense officials are set to discuss easing a closure of the Palestinian enclave later Tuesday.
Israeli and Hamas officials have reportedly 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. Last week a Hamas official predicted a truce would be inked by the end of the month.
Israel has officially been mum on the talks with Hamas, which Jerusalem and others label a terrorist group.
Last week, Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian- and UN-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel, after a day in which dozens of rockets and mortar shells rained down on southern Israel and the military responded with extensive airstrikes.
Jerusalem officially denied that a deal had been reached, but the days since Hamas announcement have seen a significant decrease in violence in Gaza.
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