Hamas rules out interim truce without Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza

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A senior official of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says any ceasefire deal with Israel must be permanent and force the regime out of Gaza, where it has killed at least 37,000 people since the start of an aggression more than eight months ago.

Ghazi Hamad, a senior member of Hamas politburo, said on Sunday that the group has yet to see a clear stance from the Israeli regime on a ceasefire in Gaza, adding that the resistance will resume indirect negotiations with the regime if its basic demands are met.

“We have declared to the mediators that we will return to negotiations if the issues of a permanent ceasefire and the full withdrawal of the occupiers from the Gaza Strip are considered,” Hamad told the New Arab website.

US President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that his administration and Israel had developed a ceasefire proposal for Gaza which he claimed would be favorable to the Palestinians and Hamas.

However, officials within the Palestinian resistance say they have not received concrete proposals that could lead to a sustainable ceasefire agreement with the Israeli regime.

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