Hamas has requested a cease fire, Israel officials say

10.04.2011                      06.Nisan, 5771

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Hamas has requested a cease fire, Israel officials say

A security source says Israel is ready to escalate air strikes on Gaza if the barrage of rocket fire continues, although they are willing to wait and see if a Hamas ceasefire holds; six rockets fired from Gaza land in south on Saturday evening.

The political arm of Hamas passed Israel a message on Saturday afternoon requesting a ceasefire, Israeli security sources said.According to the sources, Israel is willing to agree to the request and will wait to reevaluate its position after seeing if there is indeed a halt in rocket and mortar fire into southern Israel.