Palestinian resistance fighters have agreed to halt a wave of mortar and home-made shells attacks on Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Authority official said on Saturday.Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousef reached a deal in talks held in the past two days with Hamas to preserve calm declared by the Palestinian factions as a result of their meeting in Cairo last March, said Interior Minstry spokesperson Tawfiq Abu Khoussa.

"Our brothers in Hamas reaffirmed their commitment to the quiet," Abu Khoussa said.

Palestinians affirm that these attacks came as a response to Israel’s attacks against Palestinian territories.

"While we condemn the Israeli attacks on our territories, we believe no one should provide the Israelis with a pretext to continue and escalate these attacks," a Palestinian official said of Youssef’s deal with Hamas.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said the group was committed to the calm but that "resistance operations will come in reaction" to Israeli violence.