Hamas to respond to truce proposal within days: Al-Qahera News

Ahram Online , Thursday 6 Jun 2024

Egypt received positive signals from Hamas indicating their interest in reaching a ceasefire, a high-level Egyptian source told Al-Qahera News TV channel on Thursday.



The source also affirmed that Hamas will respond to the truce proposal soon.

"Hamas leaders informed us that they are seriously and positively studying the truce proposal," the source said.

According to the Egyptian official, Cairo held intensive meetings and discussions in the last few hours to resume ceasefire negotiations in the Gaza Strip.

He further added that the Egyptian intensive efforts and the Palestinian faction delegations' visits aim to restore the Palestinian reconciliation process and achieve stability in the Gaza Strip.

The source confirmed that Egypt has invited Hamas leaders to visit Cairo to discuss all details related to the current situation.

On 7 May, Israel launched its assault on Rafah, taking over the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

No humanitarian aid has entered through the Rafah Crossing to relieve a population facing starvation in Gaza since then.

Cairo has repeatedly expressed that it rejects the presence of Israeli forces at the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, insisting that when it comes to the border, it will collaborate only with Palestinians or international parties.

On Saturday, Egypt, Qatar, and the US called on Hamas and Israel to finalize the agreement based on the principles outlined by US President Joe Biden.

On Sunday, Egypt emphasized the necessity that Israeli forces withdraw from the Palestinian side of the crossing as a prerequisite for reopening it during a meeting that brought together officials from Egypt, Israel, and the US.

Jordan announced it would jointly organise with Egypt and the United Nations an emergency international conference on 11 June on the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

The latest round of truce talks, held in Cairo in early May, ended without reaching a deal.

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