Talks Aimed at Midnight Ceasefire Fail to Materialize

YERUSHALAYIM -
A ball of fire is seen during Israeli air strikes in Gaza May 4. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

The hope for a ceasefire by midnight between Israel and Gaza terrorist groups as reported by media reports late Sunday night did not materialize .

Streaks of light are pictured as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel, as seen from Israel, Sunday night.
(Reuters/Amir Cohen)

As midnight came and went and fighting continued between Israel and terrorists in Gaza, Israel was transporting tanks and artillery to the south.

E.U. and Egyptian diplomats are involved in intensive talks with both sides as they attempt to help arrange a cease fire.

Earlier, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that restoring calm in and around the Gaza Strip would be “possible” if Israel agrees to stop all retaliatory strikes.

Meanwhile, the IDF said it bombed 40 “terror targets” in Gaza the latest round of airstrikes. That would bring the tally of air force raids up to 320 in the past two days, versus over 700 rockets launched from Gaza.

The military says it targeted “observation headquarters, underground bunkers, weapons caches, military facilities, launchpads, observation posts and more” in its most recent air raids.

The army says it targeted sites belonging to both Hamas and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The scene where a 21-year-old Gur chassid was killed in a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night. (Flash90)

Updated Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm Updated report