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Hamas, PIJ send ceasefire response to mediators

Wednesday 12-June-2024

DOHA, (PIC)

The Hamas Movement and Palestinian Islamic Jihad said in a joint statement that they have submitted a response to a UN-backed ceasefire proposal to mediators Qatar and Egypt on Tuesday evening.

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have expressed “readiness to positively” reach a deal to end the war in Gaza in a joint statement.

They added that they submitted their response to the proposed Gaza ceasefire deal to Qatari and Egyptian mediators.

“Our response prioritizes the Palestinian people and the complete end of the ongoing onslaught on Gaza,” the statement reads.

For their part, Qatar and Egypt confirmed that they have received a response from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad about the ceasefire deal.

“The two sides confirm that their joint mediation efforts with the United States of America will continue until an agreement is reached, as the mediators will study the response and coordinate with the parties concerned regarding the next steps,” their joint statement read.

On the other hand, White House spokesperson John Kirby said that the US has received Hamas’s formal reply to a UN-backed Gaza ceasefire proposal sent to Qatari and Egyptian mediators.

Kirby told reporters that it was helpful to have a response from Hamas and that US officials are currently evaluating it.

Earlier Monday, the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire deal in three phases to end the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

The resolution was adopted by a large majority, with 14 votes in favor and Russia abstaining.

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