Egypt is trying to broker a truce between Israel and Gaza militants, Hamas said on Sunday, warning that the Jewish State would have to hold fire first for calm to return.
"All the Palestinian factions have a positive position," Hamas spokesperson Taher al-Nunu told AFP.
"But all of them say the Israeli aggression started this three days ago and before any talk about a truce, the Israeli side should stop."
Nunu spoke as Israeli war planes carried out new air strikes in Gaza, bringing the death toll to 18 since Friday, as militant groups have fired nearly 130 rockets into southern Israel.
Egyptian officials, who have brokered numerous ceasefire agreements between Israel and Gaza militants in the past, were in constant contact in a bid to end the flare-up, he said.
"The Egyptian side is talking with us constantly, we appreciate their role and we hope that their role will succeed to end this aggression.”
"They accept our position that the Israeli side should stop their aggression first and we said clearly to them that if the Israeli side stops the aggression we will respond positively."
Earlier on Sunday, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said efforts to restore the calm that preceded the latest violence were under way but cautioned that "until now there has been nothing productive."
The latest round of violence began on Friday afternoon when an Israeli air strike killed the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) militant group.
Since then, militants have fired around 130 rockets into southern Israel, wounding four people and prompting Israeli officials to cancel schools and ban large gatherings of people in the region.
Israel has carried out a series of air strikes, including four on Sunday morning that killed three people, one of them a school boy.Tags: Gaza militants, Israeli aggression, Israeli side, southern Israel, Sami Abu Zuhri, Jewish State