Hamas Accepts Ceasefire Terms Amid Pending Rafah Offensive, Israel Yet To Respond - Eastern Mirror
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Hamas accepts ceasefire terms amid pending Rafah offensive, Israel yet to respond

By IANS Updated: May 07, 2024 11:05 am
Hamas accepts ceasefire terms amid pending Rafah offensive, Israel yet to respond
Hamas accepts ceasefire terms amid pending Rafah offensive, Israel yet to respond (IANS)

CAIRO — Hamas on Monday announced that it has accepted the terms of a ceasefire deal in Gaza amid a pending offensive by Israeli forces on Rafah, but the details were yet to be announced and Israel’s response was also awaited amid misgivings voiced by its officials, reports said.

In a statement published on its official website, the Hamas said it has informed Qatari and Egyptian mediators of its decision, the BBC reported.

It said its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, conducted a telephone call with Qatar’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and Egyptian Intelligence Minister Abbas Kamel, and informed them of Hamas’s approval of their proposal regarding a ceasefire agreement.

Hamas said that now it was up to Israel to respond.

Details of the ceasefire deal, especially its duration and the fate of Israeli captives in Gaza are still to be known.

There were also reports that Israel was not fully on board with the ceasefire deal as hammered out, but no reaction had come from it yet.

Israel’s Channel 12 quoted Israeli officials as saying that their negotiating team has just received Hamas’s response from the mediators, and is now carefully evaluating it and will issue comments later this evening.

It also quoted the officials as saying that “this is not the same proposal” for a deal that Israel and Egypt agreed upon 10 days ago, and that served as the basis for the indirect negotiations since then, as “all kinds of clauses” have been inserted.

The developments came soon after US President Joe Biden reiterated “his clear position on Rafah” during a phone call with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it will not support an invasion of Rafah without a plan to help the civilians sheltering there

On Sunday, Netanyahu, as negotiations resumed in Egypt to strike a deal for a pause in Israel’s Gaza offensive in return for the release of hostages taken by Hamas, asserted that his country will not accept Hamas’s demands to end the Gaza war.

“We are not ready to accept a situation in which the Hamas battalions come out of their bunkers, take control of Gaza again, rebuild their military infrastructure, and return to threatening the citizens of Israel in the surrounding communities, in the cities of the south, in all parts of the country,” he had said.

By IANS Updated: May 07, 2024 11:05:21 am
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