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Hamas says Israeli proposal did not meet any of the demands of Palestinians


 , Updated 11:57, 09-Apr-2024

Hamas said early on Tuesday that Israel's proposal that it received through Qatari and Egyptian mediators did not meet any of the demands of Palestinian factions.

However, the group added in a statement that it would study the proposal, which it described as "intransigent,"  and deliver its response to the mediators.

Israel and Hamas sent teams to Egypt on Sunday for talks that included Qatari and Egyptian mediators as well as CIA Director William Burns.

Hamas wants any agreement to secure an end to the Israeli military offensive, get Israeli forces out of Gaza and allow the displaced to return to their homes across the enclave.

Israel said it was keen to reach a prisoners-for-hostages deal, by which it would free some Palestinians jailed in its prisons in return for the hostages in Gaza, but it wasn't ready to end the military offensive before it invaded Rafah.

"We are constantly working to achieve our goals, first and foremost the release of all our hostages and achieving a complete victory over Hamas," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

(Cover: A view of devastated Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, April 8, 2024. /CFP)

Source(s): Reuters
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