Thursday, June 13, 2024

Hamas says no negotiations unless Israel stops war on Gaza

On Thursday, Hamas announced that it will boycott ceasefire talks unless Israel stops its offensive on the Gaza Strip, which continues to target civilians resulting in mass casualties.

“The Hamas movement and the Palestinian factions will not accept to be part of this policy by continuing negotiations in light of aggression, killing, siege, starvation, and genocide of our people,” Hamas said.

Hamas, in a statement, told mediators that it was ready for a “complete agreement” including an exchange of hostages and prisoners if Israel stopped its war on Gaza.

Talks led by key mediators Qatar, Egypt, and the United States to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian group have repeatedly stalled, with both sides blaming the other for the lack of progress.

“Today, we informed the mediators of our clear position that if the occupation stops its war and aggression against our people in Gaza, we are ready to reach a complete agreement that includes a comprehensive exchange deal.”

Hamas’s statement comes days after Israel repeatedly bombed tents of displaced Palestinians in Rafah. Israeli top officials also said it is preparing to continue waging war on Gaza for another seven months.

Amidst global outcry on tent massacres, Israel also seized the Philadelphi Corridor, a strategic strip of land between Gaza and Egypt.

Ceasefire talks have stalled since 6 May, when Hamas had agreed to a proposal by Egypt and Qatar. Israel rejected the deal and that night launched its invasion of Rafah, a southern Gaza border town where about 1.5 million Palestinians are sheltering.

Negotiations between Israel and Hamas in November led to a temporary truce and the release of about 100 captives in exchange for Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

At least 36,224 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing war on Gaza since October 07.

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