According to reports on this development (from BBC News
, AL Jazeera
and Deutsche Welle
) the group has stated it is ready to stop its fighting 'as long as the occupation [meaning Israel] stops this aggression." The al-Qassam Brigades has also declared that it and "all resistance factions declare our commitment to stop this round of confrontation."
The Brigades had reportedly fired 96 rockets at Israel and declared that their "confrontation with the enemy in this round was at the minimal level of fire and responses, this is a message that the [Israeli] leaders should understand very well."
These statements follow probably the worst escalation of violence between Hamas and Israel and has seen to eight Palestinians being killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza and several Israelis scathed by rockets and mortar fire which struck Southern Israel. The violence begun when Israel targeted men they claimed to belong to a Salafist jihad terror movement known as al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad in Rafah. They claimed their actions were in response to the "planning and execution" of an attack on Israel by militants from the Sinai peninsula which claimed the life of a construction worker.
Among the casualties of Israeli air power was two Palestinians including a 14-year-old boy in a farm in Zeitoun east of Gaza City and a militant in Rafah who was killed whilst riding his motorcycle.
Egypt is reportedly in contact with Israel, Hamas and other associated militants and is working to restore calm. A Gaza official speaking anonymously to AFP stated that these factions "are ready to return to the calm as long as Israel stops its attacks."
Israel has stated it is concerned about militants capitalizing on Egypt's present instability and using it to their advantage to launch cross border attacks on Israel's southern border with Egypt.