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Ynet: Behind the scenes of the ceasefire arrangement between Israel and Hamas, by Elior Levy

On Thursday night after a week that saw at least 100 fires started by incendiary balloons from Gaza in Israeli communities bordering the enclave, Israel sent a message to Hamas – via an Egyptian mediator – that it has decided to respond to the dangerous phenomenon with full force.

In the hours following the announcement, the two sides were involved in intensive indirect negotiations mediated by Egyptian intelligence officials and UN envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov’s team. A breakthrough in negotiations was apparently achieved just hours before Israel was supposed to strike in the Hamas-controlled enclave.

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