Hamas rejects failed Egyptian ceasefire

Hamas officially rejects the failed Egyptian ceasefire that fizzled on Tuesday.

“The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologizes for not accepting it,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri is quoted by Reuters saying.

A Hamas official is to hold talks in Cairo on Wednesday about Egyptian-led efforts to end the nine-day conflict between the Gaza-based Islamist movement and Israel, the Palestinians say.

“A meeting will be held this afternoon between an official from Hamas and a representative of the Egyptian leadership,” says Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah movement.

Speaking at a meeting of the Arab League, Ahmad voices hope that those at the gathering would “crystallize a definite formula for an Egyptian initiative” or clarify Cairo’s plan, which proposed an end to hostilities from 0600 GMT on Tuesday.

AFP contributed to this report. 

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