Hamas: No more prisoner exchanges until complete end of Israeli war on Gaza

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A senior official of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says there will be no more prisoner exchanges with Israel as long as the regime's genocidal war against the Gaza Strip has not come to a complete end.

"There are now no negotiations [on the issue of prisoners], and the official and final position of the Hamas movement and the resistance is that there will be no exchanges until the Zionist terrorist aggression [against Gaza] ends completely and finally," Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of the Hamas Political Bureau, was quoted by Palestinian media as saying in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel on Saturday.

The two sides exchanged hundreds of prisoners during a seven-day truce agreement, which was mediated by Egypt and Qatar and ended on Friday. 

The truce marked a lull in an all-out Israeli aggression on the besieged territory, which began on October 7. The regime resumed its military onslaught after the deal expired.

More than 15,200 people have so far been killed in Gaza with over 40,000 people wounded. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 70 percent of victims of Israeli strikes on the blockaded territory are women and children.

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