- Hamas shaken after Egyptian upheaval
Nevertheless, the terrorist group is interested in maintaining calm in the south that has persisted in the eight months since Operation Pillar of Defense , partly due to pressures from Cairo.
Last month Hamas thwarted a protest flotilla that was meant to leave Gaza en route to Europe with Gaza-made produce and textiles.
The group wants to retain the power to decide on the next round of violence and is taking steps against rival factions in Gaza such as the Iran-funded Islamic Jihad .
During the course of Operation Pillar of Defese, Hamas fired several rockets at central Israel. One of those hit a residential building in Rishon Lezion leaving two people wounded. Severe damage was caused to the building.
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