Hamas tells other groups to respect calm with Israel
Hamas rulers in the Gaza Strip on Thursday ordered its security forces to ensure armed groups observed a truce on firing rockets at southern Israel. Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya "issued instructions to the ministry of interior and to security chiefs to preserve the national consensus among Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip for its protection," said an official statement.
Late on Wednesday, Hamas officials had met with representatives of major factions who had agreed to observe "national understanding" about a period of calm.
The deployment of security personnel began overnight and continued on Thursday, AFP reported.