Palestinian factions decide to halt escalation amid Israeli attacks

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The Palestinian factions have decided on Thursday to stop any kind of escalation from their part amid continuous surge of attacks by Israeli forces, an official source of the joint operation room of the military factions said.

"The resistance factions have responded to the enemy crimes, last of which was the killing of two members of Hamas' Islamic movement during training in north Gaza on Tuesday," the source told Xinhua.

He added that the armed factions deemed that "that round of escalation has ended and the time of calm will be based on the behavior of the occupation forces."

The Israeli air forces have struck for the second day on Thursday targets in Gaza. The strikes hit training spots of Hamas Islamic movement's military brigades and other agriculture lands. No injuries were reported, the source added.

The Israeli army said in a statement that it has fired more than 30 military targets in Hamas' training camps and observation points including a warehouse, and destroyed 140 Hamas targets since Wednesday's noon.

Meanwhile, Hamas' al-Qassam brigades said in a statement that it fired with rockets on two settlements in southern Israel and three military points near the border with Gaza.

According to Israeli sources, some 16 soldiers have been slightly wounded and facades of several houses were damaged by the rocket-propelled grenades.

At least three Palestinians were killed and other 12 were wounded by the Israeli raids since Wednesday.

The tensions mounted high while a delegation from Hamas had left Gaza to Egypt on Wednesday.

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