Hamas Accepts Ceasefire With Israel

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The terror group Hamas has now reportedly agreed to a ceasefire agreement with Israel. The news come after Israel announced that it would be going ahead with its attack on Rafah, the group’s last remaining stronghold in Gaza.

The announcement makes no mention of the specific terms in question.

As Hamas has repeatedly demanded, Israel has stated unequivocally that it will not accept an agreement that requires the release of hostages prior to the conclusion of the conflict.

Additionally, on Saturday, a government source, presumed to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Israel had not granted the mediators the authority to issue guarantees regarding the cessation of hostilities.

In recent days, Qatari, Egyptian, and U.S. mediators have been in discussions with Hamas regarding a three-phase proposal that Israel has approved.

Reportedly, the initial phase of the unpublished proposal calls for the release of 33 living hostages—females, children, senior citizens, and the ailing—during a forty-day ceasefire. In exchange, hundreds of Palestinian security detainees would be released.

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