A senior Hamas official denies Israeli media reports of a pending ceasefire.
“It is not true what some enemy media reported that Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday. No agreement or specific timings for the ceasefire were reached,” Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’s leadership, says in a statement.
The efforts to coordinate a ceasefire — led by the United Nations, Egypt, Qatar and other countries — are ongoing, al-Rishq says.
“While emphasizing that the efforts and contacts of the mediators are serious and continuous, the demands of our people are clear and well-known,” al-Rishq says.