The group, which seized control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007, has in the past fired rockets at Tel Aviv and the surrounding regions. Some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system while others hit, causing damage and injuries.
The website said it had been told by sources that Cairo had persuaded Israel to suspend a decision to assassinate Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and Marwan Issa, the leader of its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
According to the sources, Israel holds Sinwar and Issa responsible for the recent escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip.The Egyptian security delegation is reported to have met with Israeli security officials prior to traveling to Gaza and is said to have warned against the consequences of assassinating Sinwar and Issa, noting the uptick in violence when Israel eliminated Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, last November.
Islamic Jihad fired some 400 rockets at Israel over a 48-hour period in response to that assassination. As the rocket fire began the Israel Defense Forces ordered schools closed in southern and central Israel, including the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
According to the IDF, Abu al-Ata was planning to carry out rocket attacks and other terrorist activities against Israel and was also directly responsible for several cases of rocket fire over the previous six months.