Top party officials arrived in Gaza for the first time since they were ousted from Gaza by Hamas rivals in 2007.
Loud explosions regularly rocked the densely populated Palestinian territory, sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
Israeli forces entered the city of Nablus, and took into custody, the Palestinian Education Minister.
A British envoy will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to discuss efforts to free an abducted journalist.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh offers ceasefire if Israel withdraws from West Bank and Gaza strip.
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