Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Truce possible ‘within 24 to 48 hours’ if Israel accepts terms: Hamas

Hamas said that a ceasefire in Gaza may be secured “within 24 to 48 hours” if Israel accepts the Palestinian group’s demands in ongoing talks, AFP reported.

“If Israel agrees to Hamas demands, which include the return of displaced Palestinians to northern Gaza and increasing humanitarian aid, that would pave the way for a [truce] agreement within the next 24 to 48 hours,” a senior Hamas official told AFP.

Truce talks are expected to resume in Egypt on Sunday but the details beyond a possible six-week pause in fighting remain unclear despite US officials’ claims a ceasefire is near.

Meanwhile Israeli bombardment of Gaza continues with overnight attacks reported in Rafah, Deir el-Balah and Khan Younis after a strike on a tent camp killed 11 people.

At least 30,410 people have been killed and 71,700 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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