Hamas, other Palestinians factions urge international mediators to pressure Israel

A coalition of Palestinian factions, including the Hamas terror group, call for international mediators to pressure Israel, warning that they will not stand idly by should Israel keep “stalling.”

“The resistance will not stand with its hands tied in the face of delaying and stalling. We call on international mediators to pressure [Israel] and hasten to lift the siege and end the reconstruction matter,” the factions say.

Israel and Hamas have put forward seemingly incompatible demands for strengthening the fragile ceasefire that ended 11 days of fighting in late May. Hamas has demanded the immediate easing of restrictions and progress on rebuilding parts of Gaza destroyed in the fighting.

Israel has said progress will be tied to advancing a prisoner exchange, in which Israel would release some Palestinian security detainees in exchange for the two Israeli citizens and the bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas.

Hamas’s Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar told reporters yesterday that a meeting with United Nations special envoy Tor Wennesland had been “bad.”

“It seems that the occupation did not understand our message,” Sinwar said.

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