Three Palestinian militant groups have agreed to a temporary cease-fire in attacks against Israel.
A Palestinian official said in Jerusalem today (Wednesday) that Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Fatah have agreed to a three-month halt in attacks.
Media reports say an agreement was signed by top leaders of these factions in Damascus, Syria and that jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti was instrumental in getting the three groups to agree to the truce.
But Hamas officials would not confirm news of an agreement.
An official statement about the cease-fire could come later today (Wednesday). It is expected to include Palestinian demands that Israel end targeted killings of militants, release Palestinian prisoners and end military incursions in the West Bank and Gaza.
Meanwhile, violence continued today (Wednesday) in the Gaza Strip.
Israel conducted an airstrike in southern Gaza near the town of Khan Younis, killing a Palestinian man and woman, and injuring some 14 others. Witnesses say the target of the attack was Hamas member Mohammed Seyam, who was seriously injured in the attack.
Earlier today (Wednesday), two Hamas gunmen were killed in a clash with Israeli forces in the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza. And in Kafr Kassem -- near the West Bank -- Israeli security forces say they have prevented a possible suicide bombing with the arrests of two Palestinian militants who had a powerful explosive device.