Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hamas accepts ceasefire proposal: Report

Hamas source tells that it sent word of its acceptance of a ceasefire proposal to Qatari and Egyptian mediators, Al Jazeera and Middle East Eye reported.

Hamas said it accepted mediated proposals for a ceasefire agreement that involves three phases and includes the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, a return of displaced Palestinians to their homes as well as an exchange of Israeli captives and Palestinian prisoners.

“The mujahid brother Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas movement’s political bureau, had a phone call with the Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, and with the Egyptian Minister of Intelligence, Abbas Kamel, and informed them of the Hamas movement’s approval of their proposal regarding the ceasefire agreement,” read Hamas statement on ceasefire in full.

The Israeli cabinet said it is sending a delegation to continue talks in Cairo, but also signalled it is moving ahead with attacks on Rafah as bombing of the southern city in Gaza increased overnight.

Iran welcomed the Hamas stance, saying it supports the plan that includes a sustainable ceasefire, exchange of prisoners, withdrawal of Israeli troops and reconstruction of Gaza. The US said it is still “reviewing” the proposals and will not get into details.

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