Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to suspend joint military operations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency said on Sunday.
The announcement came on the same day that Israel launched an offensive to break Hamas’s grip on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,300 Palestinians killed since the beginning of the year.
“Israel and the PA have agreed on the suspension of joint military activities in Gaza,” a statement by the PA’s statement office said, without giving further details.
“The Israeli forces will remain in the region until the situation stabilises and they cease their hostilities.”
In the past few weeks, the Israeli army has conducted dozens of airstrikes and air raids in the Strip, the West Wall, and East Jerusalem, targeting Hamas positions in the enclave, including the Gaza-bound al-Shifa hospital.
On Sunday, the army also said it had struck four Hamas command centres in the West, including one in the Khan Younis district, in a campaign that targeted targets in the northern part of the Gaza strip.
The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement.
The PA said it also announced the suspension, without specifying the areas targeted.
Israel is currently carrying out more than 60 airstrikes in Gaza, targeting rocket sites and military installations.
It has also been targeting Palestinian militants in the territory since January and has killed dozens of them, including senior commanders and top commanders of Hamas.
The PA and Israel have also clashed over the status of the Palestinian territory, which Palestinians want for a state alongside Israel and its 1967 borders.
Israel has refused to recognise the Gaza enclave as a Jewish state and has been accused of failing to take any measures to end the fighting.
It says it wants to return the territory to Palestinian sovereignty.