Hamas awaits Israel’s response to the ceasefire proposal

Last Updated on July 8, 2024 9:54 am

The Palestinian armed group Hamas is awaiting Israel’s response to a cease-fire proposal in Gaza.

Two Hamas officials gave this information on Sunday (July 6). Hamas made such comments 5 days after agreeing to the terms of this agreement proposed by the US.

Two Hamas officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity, “We have given our response to the mediators.” Now we are waiting for the response of the occupiers.

US President Biden proposed a three-phase ceasefire in May this year. The goal of the ceasefire is to end the fighting and free the hostages held by Hamas.

Another Palestinian source said that the occupying Israel is talking to Qatar about a ceasefire proposal.

“They talked to Qatar about Hamas’ response and promised to respond within a few days,” he told Reuters.

However, Reuters reported that there was no immediate comment from the Israeli government.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has demanded that Israel commit to a permanent ceasefire in Gaza before any deal is signed, a Hamas source told Reuters on Saturday on condition of anonymity. Instead, Hamas is also interested in negotiating the implementation of this condition within 6 weeks of the first phase under the agreement.

A Palestinian official familiar with the peace effort said Israel’s acceptance of the proposal would end the war in Gaza.

US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns will go to Qatar to discuss this next week. A source familiar with the matter informed this information.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 38,000 Palestinians have been killed so far in counter-attacks launched in response to Hamas attacks in southern Israel on October 7.

According to Israeli authorities, 1,200 people were killed in Hamas attacks that day. Meanwhile, armed fighters took about 250 hostages to Gaza.

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