Israel and Palestinian security chiefs have approved the deployment of Palestinian security forces in the southern Gaza Strip to prevent militant attacks on Israel.
Palestinian officials say agreement was reached Tuesday after talks at an Israeli-Gaza border crossing. Under the deal, Palestinian forces would patrol southern Gaza to try to stop rocket attacks on Israeli targets. About 2,000 Palestinian forces were deployed in northern Gaza last week.
Rocket attacks on Israeli settlements in Gaza have come to a near halt since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered a crackdown on militants after taking office earlier this month.