Hamas says it will only discuss hostage deal if Israel ceases all fighting in Gaza

Hamas says it has informed mediators that it will only return to negotiations for a hostage deal if Israel ceases all its operations in the Gaza Strip at the start of the talks.

In a statement, the terror group says it is ready to reach “a complete agreement” with Israel, including for the release of all the hostages in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners, but will only do so if Israel “stops its war and aggression against people in Gaza.”

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