The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement has ordered its security commanders to enforce a ceasefire with Israel and has beefed up its forces near the border to help maintain the calm.
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh issued the order Thursday following a surge in violence between Palestinian terrorists and the Israeli military in recent weeks.
Hamas has largely respected an informal ceasefire since a fierce Israeli military offensive two years ago. But smaller militant groups have carried out sporadic attacks.
Fearing Israeli reprisals, Hamas has been urging these groups in recent days to restore the calm. Officials say the deployment is to prevent further rocket fire at Israel.
Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.
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