Israel, Hamas agree to restore calm in Gaza: Hamas

Hamas says it has agreed a truce with Israel to restore calm in the Gaza Strip.

According to millitary spokesman for Hamas, the truce came into effect a day after clashes killed an Israeli soldier and four Palestinians along volatile border.

The spokesman said with Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between Israel and Palestinian factions.

The surge in violence comes as Palestinian hopes for an independent state have dwindled and peace talks remain stalled. Gaza has been under Israeli economic sanctions for 12 years.

Meanwhile, Israeli military declined to comment on reported ceasefire but a military spokeswoman said civilian life should return to normal in areas next to Gaza.

Source: Radio Pakistan